Gas Buddy helps people find cheap gas in their area. Gas Buddy is a mobile app that’s helpful in every day life, but it really comes in handy when disaster strikes. Because then Gas Buddy is less about finding cheap gas than about finding a supply of any gas at all.
With Hurricane Irma descending on Florida just a week after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, Gas Buddy has surged up the app lists as everyone scrambles to prepare for Irma and deal with the aftermath of Harvey. Florida Gov. Rick Scott publicly recommended Gas Buddy, Google Maps, and other tech helpers to deal with the mass evacuation he’s ordering for South Florida. He also mentioned Expedia to help people looking for temporary shelter, cars, etc. (As a result, Expedia says it is “experiencing high call volume” and recommends calling only within 72 hours of travel.) Gas Buddy activates a “fuel availability tracker” during emergencies when fuel is in short supply. Loyal users of the Gas Buddy app are no doubt looking forward to going back to using it just to find less expensive options as gas prices rise due to refineries being hit by storms. Gas Buddy is free to download for Android here and at the App Store here.