Keeping the Lights On

Are you grid-resilient? Energy choice means options — including an energy source when the power goes out. Propane is portable, on-demand energy that is reliable when you need it most.

Hurricane Ian in Florida, the war in Ukraine, wildfires in California, the global pandemic. Today more than ever, communities need to be prepared for a variety of threats from natural disasters to cyberattacks, to contagious disease outbreaks like COVID-19. Propane plays an important part in crisis management – and in the ability of communities to remain resilient in the face of extreme challenges. Critical infrastructure, individual homeowners, and first responders all benefit from propane’s portability, reliability, low cost, and low emissions.


Health care facilities and other critical infrastructure must operate continuously in the direst circumstances, making propane an ideal source of energy. Propane provided heat and hot water to temporary testing and quarantine facilities like trailers, tents, and even refrigeration of vaccine supply during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing providers’ ability to respond to the health care crisis.


Propane protects individual homeowners from extended losses of power, which can allow residents to shelter in place during a natural disaster. In a power outage, standby propane generators can support backup power, heating, or both. Energy-efficient propane generator sets can be combined with solar, wind, or other renewable energy resources to create durable, independent hybrid energy systems for homes. And unlike diesel or gasoline, propane has an indefinite shelf life and doesn’t degrade or expire over time, making it the ideal generator fuel.

First Responders

Propane enables the hospitality industry to take on a critical role as first responders in the United States and around the world, literally providing hot meals from the rubble. World Central Kitchen, led by founder and Chef José Andrés, and Operation BBQ Relief, led by CEO Stan Hayes, both rely on propane to prepare nourishing meals for those most in need. Propane and propane cooking apparatus can be transported anywhere, allowing these humanitarian organizations to travel to locations devastated by natural disasters and war to do their important work. Clean-burning propane also emits fewer emissions than most other fuels, so volunteers cooking the food and people being fed are not breathing in harmful fumes.

Propane’s many benefits — portability, reliability, low-cost and clean-burning — are helping communities everywhere remain resilient when it’s needed most.

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