SNOW HILL, N.C. (WNCT) – The gas shortage continues in eastern Carolina.

Many stations still have empty pumps, despite new fuel shipments.

Emergency services and law enforcement are doing their best to stay prepared.

“Stay prepared, that’s correct,” Greene County Sheriff Lemmie Smith said, adding that’s what all emergency services need to do when gas is not always readily available. “In case we get an emergency. If someone is breaking into your house, I won’t be able to get there.”

Patrolling a large, rural area means using a lot of gas.

Backup plans within the county ensure resident safety isn’t compromised.

“Especially with the EMS and the law enforcement, we definitely don’t mind helping them out,” explained Greene County Schools Director of Transportation Stan Johnson, who said their supply of fuel can be used by officers, deputies, or EMT’s in case of an emergency. “They help this county out a whole lot. So in times of need like this, we definitely have plenty of gas and diesel fuel to help out.”

Greene County Schools has given some of their gasoline and diesel supply to emergency services in the past.

By staying prepared, Sheriff Smith said he hopes that won’t be necessary, “I’m also telling my people that when they get down to half a tank, to cap them off. Try to keep a full tank of gas.”

The Colonial Pipeline has completed its testing of the bypass so the gas flow restarted Wednesday. However, the company said it could take several days before service returns to normal.

The gas gouging law is still in effect in North Carolina

Attorney General Roy Cooper has issued several subpoenas to gas stations and wholesalers, which raised prices well above the average of $2.16.