On that New Jersey gas station running out of gas, there was a "plan B" not even the cops knew about. The station running out of gas was running out because their supplier was in an affected area and could not be contacted. So, they were written off. But as luck would have it (and before the station ran out), their supplier showed up (grin). The station had to be shut down for a few short minutes while the tanker trucks refilled the station. After that, things went back to normal (if you can call lines of people and cars "normal") ... except for the "backup" police who arrived (blush) after they were no longer needed.
J. Alec West