Image source: Wikimedia Commons – long gas lines
We’ve come across some online resources that may help you in your search for gasoline, whether it’s to power your car, generator, or whatever else you need to handle life in this post-Sandy world.
A collaborative document from Hackpad (“small collaborative documents”) called hurricanesandy-gasmap-projects, holds a lot of info and is a bounty of links to online gas finding resources. You may edit it yourself with helpful, applicable info, but please be careful to not overwrite anything else on the page.
Here are some links directly to the gas finder pages:
Need Gas? This is a collaborative map document indicates Open, Sold Out, and Charging Station with green, red, and yellow map markets, respectively. The page was created by Scholars Organizing Culturally Innovative Opportunities, a youth mapping initiative that gained popularity at Franklin High School in Franklin County, NJ in 2010. Their Facebook group is located at Find Gas Stations?
#NYCGasmap. This collaborative map document is on the justmap.it system. On the map it describes its function and includes a caveat: “Public map of the latest reports of gas in the city. Please edit with care. If an edit does not show, refresh the map.” The map is dependent on people contributing to it, so the more people that contribute, the more useful it is.
Social Media Monitoring on Gas Situation. This map “focuses on Tweets with keywords ‘gas stations’ and overall situation at the gas stations.”
Google Crisis Map: Superstorm Sandy: NYC. This amazing map has a layer to help you find gas stations reported either open or closed with a red dot (or a red dot with a slash through it if the station is closed).
GasBuddy. This resource has two options that lead to a form to fill out – “Trying to find a station with gas?” and ”Help others in your area by telling us if a station you visited is open, closed, or out of fuel.” Click the adjacent button and help your fellow gas-seekers.
FindGas. You can either find where gas is, or report where you’ve found gasoline.
Gas Station Status Report. “Do you have info on the ground about gas availability? Take 30 seconds while you wait in line to share the details with others in your area.” Fill out a form to tell others where the gas is (or isn’t).
And here is a list of Queens gas stations.