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and summer bring intense storm systems—and a season of power outages.
Don’t wait for the next storm! Be in the know and be prepared.
WHY SO STORMY?
Thunderstorms form as cooler air from Canada clashes with warm, moist
air from the Gulf of Mexico. A frontal boundary divides the two air
masses and acts as a focal point for thunderstorms.
the right ingredients, some storms become severe. From 2016 through
spring 2017, weather has been more extreme than usual, with swings in
low and high temperatures and record flooding. In fact, we have had what
you might call a record number of weather records!
Here at Almanac HQ in Dublin, New Hampshire, we are certainly used to
wintry weather and ice storms, but it is the intense spring and summer
storms that are creating a weather battleground for most of
QUICK TIPS TO PREPARE FOR POWER OUTAGES Have you had power outages? Here are a few quick tips to prepare for spring and summer storms:
you know where your electric panel is? Do you know how to reset circuit
breakers after an outage? If the power goes out, also turn off any
major appliances (TVs, microwaves) to avoid overloading the power system
when it returns. Consider adding surge protectors. Leave one light
should have a disaster kit to be prepared for the worst storms. Include
a flashlight, fresh batteries, cash, water and canned food. Make sure
your first aid kit
and all your medications are current. You should also have a list of
emergency phone numbers. See our suggestions on what to keep in an emergency supply kit.
your cell phones and battery-operated devices charged up if a storm is
forecasted. Have alternative charging methods for phones ready if the
power goes out. Sign up for FEMA text messages (text PREPARE to 4FEMA).
Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed during a blackout to avoid spoiled food.
going outside during a power outage. You often risk falling trees and
dangerous downed power lines that may have live electricity running
through them. All it takes is a tree branch on a power line to knock out
utility services. Again, having a backup generator on hand is a good
idea to ride out the storm.
HOW TO EVALUATE YOUR HOME GENERATOR NEEDS
Only use generators away from your home and never run a generator inside
a home or garage, or connect it to your electrical systems. If you are
considering purchasing a generator for your home, consult an electrician
or engineer before purchasing and installing.
The folks at Cummins not only offer a free calculator to estimate your
home’s generator’s needs, but also will send out a Cummins
representative to help you find the generator that’s right for your
home. (Cummins are the folks who provide back-up power to places like
the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore, so they are a trusted leader