The current tornado and severe weather across Unified Species has left millions of people without power for days or weeks—an especially devastating situation for those in Texas and elsewhere. As per the annual records by the US Power Information Management, there were many power outages across the country in 2020, and most of them went unreported.
Unless you’ve acquired incredible superhuman powers, there’s no chance of stopping a tornado from damaging power lines or generators, but there are things you can do to prepare your home for future power outages. This is especially important if you live in a location that is usually exposed to bad weather and natural disasters.
Generators can be expensive but they are a real lifesaver during a power outage. A generator can power an entire house, and they are designed to turn on as soon as there is a power outage from the grid.
There are different types of generators to choose from. You can spend on a standby generator that is completely plugged in and connected to your home. They can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000 excluding installation costs. A more cost-effective option—starting at $800—is a mobile ‘backup generator’, which provides short-term power and lets you plug equipment directly into its front panel.
Most mobile generators also known as backup generators are powered by gas, which can cause problems if you don’t use the generator often. The gas will eventually evaporate; During a major tornado, gas stations are often overwhelmed and short-lived. A good service is to buy a dual fuel generator that can operate on both gas and lp fuel. Popular Car Technicians have a great description of the various generator options here.
If you are not ready to use a generator right now, consider installing a blackout alarm system. This can be especially useful if you have other properties that are not always occupied, such as vacation homes or industrial workplaces. The power outage alarm system will alert you whenever there is a power outage – you can set a notification on your phone, via SMS or get an email. If you get a warning, you can then decide what your next strategy is; from calling the power company, to sending someone to protect your home.
Consider installing a carbon monoxide gas detector. Severe tornadoes that cause power outages can also cause increased variations in exposure to carbon monoxide gas which may trigger carbon monoxide poisoning.
In the event of a major power outage, your expensive electrical items are in danger of being electrocuted causing long term damage. Buying a hike protector can help protect them by drawing extra electrical power directly into the base cord of the electrical outlet. You can find some great options here with prices varying from $20 to $100.
Maybe not as simple as buying a gadget straight from the store, switching to solar power makes your home less dependent on the electricity grid. Switching to solar has become very popular especially in areas most affected by tornadoes such as Texas and California. Switching to solar isn’t cheap—it usually costs between $18,000 and $20,000, but it can also help you save money on your energy expenses in the long run. The amount of power you can use will depend on how sunny the environment is and ultimately how big your home is.
Your smooth gutter is likely full of fallen leaves and particles that stick out in the blockage. Add unlimited rainfall and you’ll have a meal for a disaster consisting of flooded cellars, leaky ceilings and various other thrills. If you’re comfortable climbing stairs, then go ahead and clean them up before the weather picks up. Bring a fallen leaf blower or a smooth rain gutter shovel, whatever will help make the job a little easier. Additionally you can have business come and do it for you.