Transportation Fuel Resiliency: Case Study of Tampa Bay

Alexander Kolpakov, Austin Sipiora, Caley Johnson, Erin Nobler

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Scopus Citations


This case study presents findings from an analysis of the emergency preparation and response for Hurricane Irma, the most recent hurricane impacting the Tampa Bay region. The Tampa Bay region, in particular, is considered one of the most vulnerable areas in the United States to hurricanes and severe tropical weather. A particular vulnerability stems from how all petroleum fuel comes to the area by marine transport through Port Tampa Bay, which can be (and has been in the past) impacted by hurricanes and tropical storms. The case study discussed in this paper covers previous fuel challenges, vulnerabilities, and lessons learned by key Tampa Bay public agency fleets during the past 10 years (mainly as a result of the most recent 2017 Hurricane Irma) to explore ways to improve the area’s resilience to natural disasters. Some of the strategies for fuel-supply resiliency include maintaining emergency fuel supply, prioritizing fuel use, strategically placing the assets around the region to help with recovery, investing in backup generators (including generators powered by alternative fuels), planning for redundancies in fuel supply networks, developing more efficient communication procedures between public fleets, hurricane prepared-ness-planning, and upgrading street drainage systems to reduce the threat of local flooding.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)655-665
Number of pages11
JournalTransportation Research Record
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© National Academy of Sciences: Transportation Research Board 2021.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5400-81230


  • emergency preparation
  • emergency response
  • fuel challenges
  • hurricanes
  • natural disasters
  • resilience
  • vulnerabilities


Dive into the research topics of 'Transportation Fuel Resiliency: Case Study of Tampa Bay'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this