Propane, Emergencies and Natural Disasters


Emergencies in the propane industry are all relative to what is actually occurring or forecast to occur. This is also true for propane consumers and is dependent upon any number circumstances. This article will list and discuss a few of the emergencies can occur, including natural disasters and severe weather situations. It is critical to understand that every propane emergency is different and the smartest way to handle an emergency is through good judgement and following instructions set out by emergency response authorities and local officials.

Propane and Wildfires

Propane and fire do not mix well where wildfires are concerned. When winds are high wildfires can rapidly spread across open country. These fires are not an emergency that be handled and contained by homeowners. However, there are precautions that can be taken to mitigate damage and/or avoid disastrous aftermath altogether. Those who use propane need to be prepared during times when outdoor conditions are conducive to wildfires and wild land fire emergencies.

Propane, Floods and High Water

Flooding associated with rains or rising rivers can result in propane tanks floating or even be washed away. This type of propane emergency is manageable in many cases and can be mitigated through advanced preparation. Outdoor propane systems such as underground piping and fittings will typically be able to withstand moisture associated with flooding but propane tanks (especially above ground tanks) will need some extra attention in advance of a flood.

Propane, Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Severe Storms

While severe weather can disrupt power to homes and businesses, propane appliances can continue to operate despite the power outages. Severe weather such as hurricanes and tornadoes can render LP Gas systems useless if necessary preparations have not been taken. In addition, propane tanks and structures can be damaged further if precautions are not take in certain situations, such as emergency evacuations.


These are just a few of the many cases where extra precautions and preparations need to be taken for propane users. Stay tuned for more information on how to properly prepare for these emergencies and natural disasters. Don’t hesitate to contact us here at Texas Propane if you have any questions or concerns!

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