Keeping the Services Running When We Need Them Most
Extreme weather events are a part of life. A diesel generator is essential for keeping the power flowing.
The arrival of June signals that summer is truly here, and the last thing on most people’s minds is storms and extreme weather. Across the Atlantic, however, it is another matter entirely. The National Weather Service has just completed Hurricane Awareness Week, as the US hurricane season, which typically runs from June to November, approaches.
It is now 13 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf coast from Florida right down to Texas, causing billions of dollars of damage, and 1,833 fatalities. Last year, Hurricane Irma threatened to be even more catastrophic, and Americans counted themselves fortunate that the death toll stood at just 134.
Throughout it all, generator hire services were an essential part of the relief and recovery efforts. As the US braces itself for whatever is to come, there are lessons to be learned on this side of the Atlantic, too.
Constant and reliable power
A diesel generator provides power when and where it is needed, and is not subject to the supply and distribution constraints of a national grid. When lines are brought down by trees, and supplies are shorted out by flood water, the benefit of an on-site power supply is obvious.
The interesting lesson from the US, however, is that in some situations, power delivered by diesel generators can be even more effective than the grid, even when there is not a hurricane passing through. As the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico worked to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Maria last year, diesel generators continued to power businesses and homes for months afterwards.
Powering the relief effort
When a natural disaster strikes, whether it is a hurricane in the USA or the storms, floods and heavy snow that can hit the UK without warning, the loss of power in homes and businesses is actually the least of our worries. Families might be concerned about keeping the lights on, the freezer cold and, of course, the internet connection working, but there are far more important considerations elsewhere.
As flood levels rise, endangering homes and lives, the pumps that are working flat out are all powered by diesel generators. As casualties are taken to hospitals, the medical staff are completely reliant on generator power to keep the lights on and the medical equipment functioning. And in water works, the generators kick in to ensure drinking water remains safe and that sewage does not contaminate supplies and water courses.
Preparing for disaster
It seems strange when the sun is shining to be thinking about extreme weather, but now is the perfect time to take a leaf from America’s book and ensure we are ready. The months go by, and before we know it, the storm clouds will gather.
Prepare your home or business for what lies ahead, ensure you have power back up for your home or business and then you can relax and enjoy the rest of the summer in peace.