The scenario: The grid went down (either regionally or wider) but the root cause of the collapse was not an EMP, so the vehicles still run, and so does your generator.
Among the multitude of problems that you are facing, one of them is non-functioning gas pumps (no electricity) and when your tanks run dry, and when you’ve used up your storage of gas cans, that’s it… you’re out.
But maybe not! There will be gasoline in other vehicles, gas storage tanks, and anywhere else with gasoline-operated equipment. You just need to get it out…and transfer it to where you need it.
Siphon or pump the gas from another tank.
Siphoning requires that the other tank be higher up than the container you’re filling (gravity), and this will present some difficulties depending on the source.
A number of years ago I picked up a handy siphon that doesn’t risk getting a mouthful of gas and have used it many times – especially for emptying the gas tanks of my various outdoor summer equipment before winter sets in. Or the other way around when it’s time to put the snowblower away for the winter I’ll use it to empty the tank (and run the engine dry).
With a long enough hose, the siphon noted above could also potentially work to remove gas from another vehicle’s gas tank, although newer vehicles may require an adapter.
Gasoline (Electric) Pump
However, I recently came across the following product, the ‘Gastapper ™’, which has an electric pump (12-volts DC operated) and will pump (rather than siphon) gas (or diesel) from another tank. The nice thing here is that you don’t have the requirement of the source tank being higher up than the capture tank, and you’ll avoid getting a mouthful of gas from a traditional siphon.
It also apparently has the added capability of being able to transfer fuel out of many modern cars (adapter included). This pump can dry siphon and lift fuel 6 feet on the suction side and push another 6 feet on output side.
If the power goes out and you’ve gone through your gasoline storage, you could use this to pump gas from your vehicle gas tank to the generator.
The pump will apparently fill a 5-gallon container in 10 minutes (30 gallons per hour).
Note: I do not have this pump (yet), but I’m considering it 😉
Gas Pump Adapter For Gas Can
Here’s another nice product that I’m probably going to pick up for Mrs.J. A battery operated (4-AA batteries) pump that fits on to a 5-gallon gas container which eliminates the requirement (and strength) to hold the gas can (about 30 pounds for 5 gallons) in position while filling something… instead you just pump it in (3 gallons per minute).
Besides pointing out a few products, the notion here is to think about sourcing gasoline for ‘if and when’ the grid goes down. Generators will be the #1 consumer for gasoline during this time (up until such time that the grid-down becomes ‘long term’) and it won’t take long before people run out of their typical 5-gallon gas storage.
Also, just think about all those gas stations with huge underground storage tanks. The trick will be getting that gas out. The multi-thousand gallon tanks are apparently buried about 6 feet underground with a security cover at ground-level for the gas-tanker trucks to refill. If anyone has more detail about this, comment and let us know the particulars…