Don’t wait for the next natural disaster to think about storm readiness

The calm before the storm

Don’t wait for the next natural disaster to think about storm readiness


The 2014 National Hurricane Conference that took place in Orlando this April brought together nearly 2000 attendees from every interest area imaginable including FEMA officials, property managers, disaster recovery specialists, meteorologists, city managers, homeowner organizations and nursing home administrators –just for starters.


This diverse group of attendees shares an urgent concern- the devastating effects of severe weather that are occurring with greater and greater frequency. It’s a sure bet that every single attendee came to the conference with a single critical question: “How can we be better prepared for the next major natural disaster?” 


Stronger storms and a weak electrical grid: a dangerous combination

In Connecticut, where I live and work, extreme weather can arrive in the form of ice storms, hurricanes, blizzards and windy nor-easters. Meteorologists and other climate experts tell us that we can expect “extreme weather events” to occur with greater and greater frequency.


The news about more severe weather arriving with greater frequency is bad enough on its own, but it gets worse. What makesConnecticutand the rest ofNew Englandespecially vulnerable to extreme weather is our fragile, outdated electrical grid. We’ve have  old electrical lines supported by deteriorating wood poles at the mercy of trees and branches that are easily taken down by ice, snow, and wind. Hurricane Sandy highlighted this susceptibility to power outages in devastating fashion. Over 646,000 Connecticut residents lost power as a result of the storm. Many people had to wait a week or more for power to be restored.


Don’t be powerless when the power goes out

There is not much we can do to prevent natural disasters, but there is no need to be powerless when there is a power failure. By installing a standby generator system you can keep living normally when the grid goes down.


Most of the generators we install for homeowners are different than those available at the big box stores. For starters, we only install Generac generators, which are made in the U.S. by one of the world’s leading manufacturers. We encourage our customers to install a stationary, whole-house generators (as opposed to portable models), powered by propane or natural gas. With these fuels, there’s no need to haul around gas cans or search for a working gas station during a power outage. Instead, our backup power systems turn on automatically when a power outage is detected, and interface seamlessly with your home’s electrical system. Sensitive feedback circuitry protects your electronic equipment from a power surge. You can even monitor your backup power system remotely from a computer or smart phone.


The all-weather, powder-coated steel enclosures for Generac’s home backup generators are built to withstand 150 mph winds, and the motors are designed specifically for a generator’s load and run time requirements. After going through Generac’s rigorous factory training program, I am very confident about the quality and reliability of these generators.   


Complacency now can lead to panic later

We know from past experience that when a storm knocks out power, we can’t install home generator systems fast enough. No contractor can. To avoid being left in the cold and dark, it’s smart to protect your home and your family ahead of the next storm. Our crew makes it easy. We install turnkey systems that begin with careful sizing and load calculations and end with a handshake and the secure feeling that life at home can continue normally no matter what Mother Nature dishes out