All throughout the month of September the Federal Emergency Management Agency is promoting National Preparedness Month in an effort to help mitigate the impact of potential disasters.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is asking all of us to take action immediately by making a plan for your business, your community, your family, and for your pets.
Depending on what region of the country you live in, disaster preparedness needs can vary from one area to the next. The first step is to prepare a supply kit that has the essential items for the first 72 hours after an emergency. Once you’ve assembled your kit, you should discuss the plan of action for after an emergency. You also need to discuss places to meet.  Remember… different disasters may require you to go to different places, so it’s a good idea to have a few planned spots to head for, both in and out of your immediate neighborhood. Do you know which local stations broadcast information, designated shelters and evacuation instructions for your region? Some disasters are unavoidable but taking these steps can help soften the blow when one does strike.
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For convenience in comparing generators, we can also use kilowatts or kW, which is simply one thousand watts. We have a "whole house" generator that while doesn't work everything, there are parts of the house that WILL work when it is running.
I did not mean to give the impression that continuous operation of a generator is the norm. I wondered if I could use this article and link it to your website in my ward info for the month - many of us are wondering how to choose a generator, and this was a great article! EKay, yes, you may but only because I was not the sole author, and the priamary author has given permission for others to benefit from it. We have just started looking into the Yamaha Hybrid Generators and think it would work for us and what we want.

Please note that the name you use in the "Name" field above will be the name displayed on your comment. FEMA and other government agencies have a number of resources available to us, including helpful materials on their website, to help you plan how to effectively communicate and stay safe during disasters. For example, some areas are more prone to flooding than they are to earthquakes, so it is important to be knowledgeable about the potential disasters that may affect where you live. If you needed to, would you know how to shut off gas, electricity and water?  How will you communicate with those closest to you? Some local governments text alerts to local residents, others use sirens…would you know what the siren meant if you heard it?
The best time to seek out this information is before you need it.  Commit to finding this information now, and sharing it with your family and friends.
Digital clocks mostly use internal oscillators as the basis for their time standard and often that oscillator is ever so slightly fast or slow compared to a true 60 Hz. We would never keep it on continually though if there was a power outage like and ice storm or snow storm.
Finally, someone (Kellene) has given me permission to not feel like a total loser because I don't want or really need a generator.
It’s also a good idea to write down the phone numbers and addresses of your family and store it inside of your emergency kit.
Texting is easier than calling in the moments following a disaster, and are a great way to let others know that you’re safe.  Local phone lines will likely be overwhelmed in the moments following a disaster…do you have an out of town relative that you can all reach out to and communicate with should you be unable to reach one another locally?
Install Standby Power Connection.Hurricane Isaac Delivers a Reminder of the Importance of Back-up Power GenerationTake a Virtual Tour3 Steps Towards Emergency PreparednessHurricane Season Has Begun! You can think of voltage as electrical “pressure” and current as electrical “volume” if you need to wrap your mind around the details.  Higher voltage “pushes” harder through any electrical load, including you if you are not careful, and higher current means more “juice” delivered to the hair dryer or overhead lights. Gasoline or diesel engines from inexpensive sources (mostly Chinese firms) and built to run at 3600 RPM typically give between 1,000 and 1,500 hours of service before some significant amount of repair or overhaul work is required.

We would only use it for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening so we could shower, do a load of wash, vacuum, etc.
Everything you read talks about generators, but in my heart, I know it is not necessary for my situation.
No matter where you live, there are a few steps that should be taken to help you and be prepared for emergency situations. You may not be able to search for it online or on your phone during a crisis.  Don’t forget to stash food for your pets as well! Be sure that you know what to do in the event of earthquakes, high winds, floods, and severe weather. Manual transfer switches, which illustrates potential threats to a business in the event of a power outage. However, in the event of  a more temporary power outage scenario due to a hurricane, snow storm or such, a generator would certainly be a worthwhile tool to have.
As such, I have solicited the assistance of Ted Blanchard, last week’s guest author to provide for us a 3 part series on understanding, protecting, and utilizing a generator. It is practically a year-round growing season, far enough from the hurricane coast, not prone to tornadoes, never snow or ice.
I would rather have just an hour or two every 24 hours for a long period of time than 24 hours for a few days.

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    Emergency evacuation strategy with a meeting location give you feedback as properly, perhaps.