It is great to see Americans preparing themselves for the worst-case scenario this hurricane season. Since Hurricane Irene, generator sales have accelerated, showing us that the situation is not being taken lightly.  More and more people are investing in standby generator and portable generator systems as part of their survival and comfort plans to ride out this chilling period.

According to an online forum, generators have had a recent parallel when it comes to purchases. Apparently, generators and chain saws have been two must-have items for many individuals and households. In some areas where there are lots of trees and poles that could fall, locals have been using the two as a before and after team… The generator to provide comfort and protection, and the chainsaw to clean up the mess.

With approximately 78 days left to go, we have already been a part of 12 tropical storms, 1 tropical depression and 2 very bad hurricanes. We sincerely hope that the worst of it has come and past, but as all hurricane seasons begin, we know there is no knowing for sure until it has come and gone for good. With this in mind, it is still important to keep a ‘Hurricane Preparedness Kit’ close at hand. As we have mentioned before, some important items include:

  • Cash
  • Medical supplies
  • Food
  • Drinking water and water purification tablets
  • Utility items such as batteries, flashlights and lanterns, etc

Remember, that in a crisis situation, you are likely to be using your generator more frequently than normal, and you may not be able to get the quick and reliable service that you are used to under regular circumstances, so you might want to invest in a maintenance kit to keep things running smoothly until a technician can take a look.  Of course, keep your insurance up to date, cars fueled and have a family go-to plan.