New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has ordered vehicle gas rationing based on NJ licenses. Here’s how it works, as well as some thoughts about preparing for calamity.
This brings back vivid memories for me, as I remember waiting in long lines at NJ gas stations during the 1970-era oil embargo. I had recently gotten my drivers license, and was soon thereafter paying a price for keeping my old red Chevy Impala chugging along.
Live long enough, and you experience the cycles, the circles, some bringing you right back to something or someplace you were before. In this case, I’m not in NJ and experiencing gas rationing, but should it ever come to my hometown, I’ll have at least a month before I would need to wait in line, because I have that much gas stored in gas cans.
Gas Rationing Begins, Today, Saturday, Nov. 3 In 12 Counties
The system of gas dispensation is designed to combat long lines and tensions at the pump in 12 counties throughout the state.
The counties are:
Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.
The License Plate Scheme
License plates ending in an odd number can get gas on odd numbered days.
Plates ending in an even number can get gas on even numbered days.
The number in question is the final numerical digit contained on the license plate, whether it is the final character on the plate or not, according to the governor’s office.
For example, a plate number of “JJG 56P” would have “6″ as its final numerical digit, and, since “6” is an even number, the vehicle attached to this license would be permitted to fill up on an even day.
Specialized or vanity plates containing no numbers are considered odd numbered plates.
This fill-up scheme does not apply to gas cans that typically are being used for generators, according to a spokesman from the governor’s office.
This dispensation system will remain in effect as long as the limited states of energy emergency are in effect in the counties rationing gas.
My 2 Cents
Those impacted by Hurricane Sandy are not now interested in any preaching by me about getting prepared for calamity, a topic I’ve written about quite a bit on this site, particularly in the aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster.
So, I write the following mainly to you who have been viewing this Sandy disaster from afar, you who can be more dispassionate at the moment and perhaps motivated to act.
I suggest that you assess your vulnerabilities. What might be a likely environmental disaster where you live?
Do you live near a nuclear plant, by the coast, near earthquake faults, in tornado or hurricane zones?
Are you reliant on the electrical grid, on natural gas lines, on a propane tank, on restaurants cause you have no food in your house?
Assess your situation and then, step by step, begin to prepare to be able to withstand some calamity that nature – or even the financial system – might bring to your door.
If you might be interested in a back-up generator, check out my post about that.
If you’d like to see what others are doing, check the list of links at the bottom of the post, How to Survive the Scary Future: A Rich List of Resources.
In these times of uncertainty, you can bring much stability to your life by knowing that you’ve done something to ride out any future storms.
Published on November 3, 2012