John awoke in the middle of the night due to the frigid cold. Embraceing both his wife and their plush down comforter, something did not feel right. Usually used to seeing the odd luminous glow of the alarm clock at his bedside, he noticed the darkness in the room. “The lights go out?” he muttered to his still half sleeping wife. He heard a loud crack of thunder and a shrill scream come from the room down the hall. Jenny, his 8-year old daughter stood in the middle of darkened hallway clutching a small teddy bear. He hugged his daughter tightly and began to gather their storm supplies, a flashlight, a small gas lantern and some candles. He surprised how long his family would have to end without much needed comforts. No electricity and a large storm meant having to go days without hot water, showers, heat, freshly prepared food and other conveniences that he and his family had grown accustomed to. He worried about Jenny's asthma. Snowing outside, he estimated that the temperature inside his house was already at about 45 degrees and dropping fast. He wrapped his already shivering daughter tighter in her blanket and instructed her to put on a sweater. He looked back over his shoulder at his wife who awoke confused and hurried to get his family downstairs and near the fireplace.
John's story is not an unfamiliar one. With millions of Americans affected by power outages weekly, we are not unaccustomed to what an inconvenience that being without electricity can become. During the 2012 Hurricane Season, the Atlantic Seaboard was devastated by Hurricane Sandy and more than 8 million Americans went without power for upwards of a week. The US power grid is over half a century old and outdated. Being subject to severe weather leaves many homeowners prone to electricity loss.
Have you considered exactly how long you and your family can end without the comforts of electricity? No one wants to face the reality of natural disaster and its effects but it is better to be overly prepared than not at all. Downed power lines, a delay in crewmen repair and other factors can contribute greatly to the amount of time you might spend without electricity. How long can you and your family survive without hot showers, freshly prepared food, lights and heat?
In the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, many homeowners bought after standby generators to provide their household with emergency power. Contractors and manufacturers were delayed, products placed on backorder and an increase in demand for the after after appliance was noticed. The initial shock of being without main power for over a week was enough to prompt homeowners to invest.
A standby generator is a feasible solution to providing your home with emergency back-up power in the event of an outage. Standby generators come in various sizes and can power everything from just a few circuits and appliances to an entire household. Some models even have the ability to kick on in as little as ten seconds and automatically shut off when main power is restored. More of an investment than the standard portable generators, standby models operate more efficiently, are fully automatic and are less hazardous. Connected to fuel lines such as natural gas or propane, standby generators can operate for days or even weeks at a time. A complex piece of machinery, these models should always be installed by a professional; however, once completed, is very low maintenance and there when you need it most. Some models are even equipped to run efficiency checks weekly to keep in full functioning order.
A recent study by the Red Cross suggests that people are more affected by the effects of a severe storm, rather than the storm itself. In this particular scenario, the loss of power is heavy hitting and impactful on not just households, but society itself. The best way to arm yourself and your family against the unforeseen damages of power outouts is by investing in a standby generator system. Standby generators eliminate the need to stockpile emergency supplies such as flashlights, canned goods and other non-perishable foods, candles and even protect your home from flooding. A worth investment that increases your safety as well as your property value.