At Brags & Hayes Generators, we have watched with great concern how the winter storm at the end of the year has wreaked havoc on a large part of the population of the United States.
As a company that works in the generation of safe energy, we are in solidarity with all those who have suffered interruption of this service at the time when it is most necessary to heat our homes, and guarantee the continuity of the operation of our businesses and companies.
Forecasters across the media are reporting that this storm will bring lake-effect snow and life-threatening conditions.
Western and northern New York are being affected by freezing temperatures and even worse wind chills, coastal flooding and power outages.
A lake-effect snow band in northern Erie County is expected to remain relatively stationary for a few days with up to an additional 3 feet of snow.
In Buffalo, this storm is likely to at least jump near the top of the list of worst blizzards in city history, if not become the worst.
Four to six feet of snow will fall along with wind gusts approaching hurricane force [74 mph or greater], creating huge drop-offs that could make ground and air travel impossible.
In addition, all this occurs synchronously with the weekend of the Christmas holidays, December 24 and 25, where a large number of people travel by land and air for the December celebrations and just after two years of pandemic , which makes everything much more difficult, since people will do their best to reach their destinations, just as they had planned before the storm.
That will expose many people to very dangerous conditions.
The future of climatic phenomena.
As we have stated in other articles, these are not isolated phenomena. Climate change is a true fact, confirmed by scientific studies. Climate emergencies are increasingly common phenomena and the effects of a 1.1 degree increase are already here.
We experience it through increased frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events, such as heat waves, droughts, floods, winter storms, hurricanes, and wildfires. Without a doubt, we are currently experiencing a reality that is affecting us all; to our families, our properties, our daily activities. You have probably been affected too.
Proper preparation and a proactive attitude are the appropriate response to better face a reality that imposes extreme weather conditions on us with increasing frequency.
What can we do to protect our families?
The first thing we should do is stay at home as much as possible. Abort your travel plans and don’t expose your family and loved ones. Traveling in these conditions can be deadly and very uncomfortable at best. We know that saying this on a weekend of very important family celebrations is very awkward, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
Additionally, we recommend you take the following measures:
- Prepare an emergency supply kit.
- Make sure you have extra cash on hand.
- Locate the nearest hot shelter and the different routes you can take to get there from your home.
- If you have pets: Pre-identify warm shelters that accept pets.
- Have food on hand that you don’t have to refrigerate or cook.
- Sufficient supply of drinking water for several days. Estimate at least 14 days of autonomy in the water supply. (1 gallon per person/per day).
- Prescription drugs.
- Prepare flashlights (don’t forget to have extra batteries).
- Security and personal belongings. Important documents, including medical documents, wills, passports, and personal identification.
- Supply your chimney, if you have one, in correct operation and permanent maintenance.
- Do not use the oven as heating.
- Do not use your kitchen burners for heating.
- Install CO2 measurement devices inside the home, and keep them in proper working order.
- Have a fire extinguisher handy.
- Make sure your family knows where to find it and how to use it!
- Read the National Fire Protection Association’s tips for using your fire extinguisher.
- Listen for alerts from the National Weather Service on TV or radio or check them online.
- Set up multiple applications for weather alerts, such as National Weather Service cell phones, NOAA Weather Radio, or Twitter (@NWS).
THE FIRST SERVICE THAT IS ALWAYS AFFECTED IN EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS IS THE ELECTRICAL SUPPLY... THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A BACKUP POWER SOURCE.
In a winter like the current one, with very low temperatures that can even threaten our lives and that of our loved ones, not having an energy supply becomes a big problem and we must attend to it urgently.
It is usual for the electricity supply to be affected for a long time after an extreme weather event like the one we are experiencing. When we say a long time, we mean… a long time… public services can be interrupted for 15-30 days at a time, and sometimes for longer periods of time.
Additionally, what we are sure of is that given the circumstances of the extreme events produced by climate change, they will be gaining strength, power and frequency.
Precisely because of all these unstable circumstances, it is key to have a reliable backup power source so that you and your family can have a home that protects you, and remains at a temperature suitable for living.
For this, you can have a portable generator like the ones we have placed at the top of this article, and that you can take to the place of use without the need for installation.
If you use one of these generators, be careful not to use it inside the house.
You could get CO2 poisoning. Always place your backup generator outside your home.
Likewise, you can choose to purchase a fixed generator, installed with a transfer switch, which will allow you to continue with your daily activities normally during the interruption of public services.
We show here you some leading models in the market, which you can buy in our online store.
In our online store we present all our products, which you can purchase at the best market price and with the best technical support, in the direct links that we place in this article. They have free shipping within the territory of the United States.
A final advice.
Avoid reactive behavior in the face of these extreme weather events.
If you can be sure of anything, it is that this type of phenomenon will continue to increase and will occur with increasing intensity.
Take steps to equip your home with the necessary infrastructure to protect your family and assets.
Do not react to this event, take action now, for the climatic events that are sure to come.
At Brags & Hayes Generators we are your ally to be able to advise you on the purchase of an alternative energy source to equip your home, business or factory. Contact us at the phone number +1.954.657.7777, or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to help you.