Written by Sarah VanStaalduinen
Mother Nature has showcased just about everything she had to offer in the past few years; hurricanes, snow storms, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, and volcanoes. And no, you needn’t leave the country to experience all of this. It all happened in our very own United States!
Were you prepared to be snowed in for days, with the high possibility of losing power and heat? Did you hunker down in a shelter when the hurricanes whirled through? Evacuate your house to head for a safer area? If you yourself didn’t have to, you almost certainly know someone who did.
Schools, hospitals, and nursing homes shelter our most vulnerable. What happens when we can’t power the lights, heat, oxygen or elevators? Likewise, the security of our correctional facilities benefits the inmates, guards, and the surrounding community. What happens when the power is lost and electric locks need to open or close (or stay locked)?
Besides the obvious issues, power outages affect us at local and even federal levels. These events are not slight inconveniences that need to be tidied up, but can be economic catastrophes. Power loss = productivity loss; when businesses are closed, revenue is lost. Recovery and clean-up costs money…lots of money.
From August 13-15, 2018, FEMA verified that more than $36 million in infrastructure damage and response costs was sustained, and that was in just seven out of NY’s 62 counties. Combine those costs with increased gas prices and increased unemployment, which can be temporary or permanent, and the economy simply drops.
Not every town, municipality or county can easily procure a generator with the flourish of a signature at the bottom of a page. Often grants need to be written and applied for, loan companies involved, bids sent out…processes that can take weeks (and that’s only if you’re lucky).
Thankfully there are countrywide and state-specific grants available, and loan companies that can help make the process much less expensive and confusing.
Playing catch-up is much more difficult and costly than preparing and planning ahead. FEMA Administrator Brock Long told the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee:
“I cannot overstate the importance of focusing on investing in mitigation before a disaster strikes…building more resilient communities is the best way to reduce risks to people, property, and taxpayer dollars.”
Emergency standby generators won’t be able to protect us from every major weather event, but they will help substantially during large, long-lasting outages. What Mother Nature gives us is out of our control, but what we are in control of is how we respond and prepare for such events.
Reach out to me, Sarah VanStaalduinen, to get a head start on your preparations.
Whether we’re starting from scratch, or you have an existing plan-of-action, Better Power is here to help.
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