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Natural disasters often lead to power outages that affect people’s lives and impair communication, health and transportation facilities. Power is no less important at home, necessary for storing food in refrigerators, and in the use of television, radio, and computer to obtain the news.

When Disaster Strikes

Generators in one’s property or facility should be part of any household or business’ emergency preparedness plan. In Matthew Stein’s disaster-preparedness manual entitled “When Disaster Strikes,” a full-powered, reliable generator is at the top of his list for anyone to have in his or her property to survive hours of power outage.

Everyone should have at least one small, backup generator on hand to provide power for short-term emergencies and power outages. Once the fuel supplies run out in a long-term collapse-type scenario, a generator won’t do much good unless you have the capability of making and using bio fuels, but for relatively short-term blackouts (up to a few weeks in duration), having a generator on hand can make a huge difference to your comfort and safety. Most refrigerators won’t run without electricity, and many home central heating systems require at least modest amounts of electric power to run the fans or pumps necessary to keep a home central heating system functioning. A small generator provides enough power to keep a few lights running, power your refrigerator, your central heating system fans and pumps, and keep a computer or TV running.

With technology’s dominance even in the comfort of people’s own homes, a back-up generator that provides short-term power supply, is not just a luxury, but a necessity, particularly when natural disasters, such as snowstorms or hurricanes, occur. There are different kinds of generators with various power capacities for certain purposes. These generators require fuel—either diesel or gasoline.

Diesel fuel in generators is more economical, especially when they should run for long hours. However, during the winter this type of fuel should be conditioned with a winterizing additive as it can crystallize and clog the fuel filter when the temperature drops to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. It can even turn into an unusable gooey gel when the temperature drops to zero degrees.

On the other hand, larger generators operate on natural or propane gas. But these generators consume higher fuel volume. Installing a gas line directly, or storing gas in a large tank may be feasible for some. Fortunately, there are established oil companies, such as the Apache Oil Company, that provide convenient on-site fuel service In Houston, TX any time of the day. We are always on-call, especially during emergency situations.

An onsite fuel service is convenient when blackouts occur and your back-up generators run out of fuel. Fuel providers directly refuel the generators according to their gallon capacity. With weather forecasts announced, fuel companies can also provide refueling in advance to ensure your safety.

(Source: Emergency Preparedness: Get A Backup Generator for When Disaster Strikes, Mother Earth News)

Posted on Dec 11, 2014

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