For some of us who live in hurricane-susceptible areas, the impending threat of COVID-19 may have felt almost familiar. People in the rest of the country were having their first-ever experience of rushing to grocery stores to stock up on things like pasta, paper towels, and jigsaw puzzles – but in Florida and other hurricane states, we deal with something similar on a regular basis! Since we deal with tropical storms on a regular basis, we’re used to preparing to stay home.
That being said, the COVID-19 pandemic is far more widespread and long-lasting than hurricanes, and it is dangerous in a completely different way. Besides the part about being stuck at home, there’s really no comparing the two. And when you combine the pandemic with hurricane season – which is expected to be above-average in 2020 – it’s a whole different ball game.
Why 2020 Hurricanes are a Bigger Threat than Usual
This year, experts are forecasting an above-average storm season based on how the climate is currently looking. With the coronavirus already requiring resources and straining aid programs, it may be much more difficult to handle hurricane relief. Social distancing will limit how many people can be in shelters, and evacuations will be more difficult to carry out safely. And with so many people unemployed due to the virus, there may be an extra need for hurricane relief.
So, to keep you and your loved ones safe this hurricane season, it’s more important than ever to be prepared to shelter in place if at all possible.
That means being stocked up with the food and household items you need and making sure you still have access to power, clean water, and other essentials at home. If you can turn your home into a safe haven with dependable power, you’ll be able to remain safer from COVID-19 and tropical storms. At Reliable Power Systems, we’re working hard to make sure our Florida customers have their standby generators ready to go. Here’s what you need to know about keeping the power on – even when storms are raging outside!
The Problem with Power Outages
The typical home in the U.S. will face power outages at least once per year. In normal conditions, the power usually goes back on within a few hours. But when it comes to hurricanes and other major natural disasters, the power can be out for a dangerously long time – days or even weeks.
When the power goes out, you become susceptible to a host of annoyances. You won’t be able to turn on the lights, use your microwave, blow-dry your hair, or watch TV. These things are all inconvenient, but it can get much worse.
Health and Safety Hazards
The food in your fridge and freezer will start to spoil eventually, making it potentially unsafe to eat. Your basement may flood and destroy your belongings, and you could end up with a hazardous mold problem. If you are unable to charge your phone, you could lose your ability to contact loved ones or call emergency services. These situations are all dangerous to your family’s health and safety.
Having Power When Working from Home
Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, more people are working from home than ever before. We don’t know how long this will last. If millions of people are still working remotely when hurricanes begin to hit our coasts, it’ll be more important than ever to have backup power. Without electricity and the internet, you’ll struggle to stay in contact with co-workers and get your job done.
Powering Home Medical Devices
If you have home medical devices, such as a CPAP machine or something else that has an impact on your health, a backup generator is more than just a comfort: it’s a necessity. Even if you can’t invest in a whole-house generator right now, you’ll definitely need some type of backup electrical power source.
Keeping Everything Else Running
It’s easy to forget how much we rely on power! You need power for your garage door opener, security system, HVAC system, sump pump, well pump, outdoor lights, and much more. Every time you flip a switch or press a button, you’re usually relying on electricity.