August marks the gradual slide into the end of summer. Cool fall days are ahead. Kansas City residents are not thinking of winter storms right now or what happens when tree branches weighed down with snow fall on power lines. But they should.
On Sunday, July 29th, 2017, The Kansas City Star published an article in an advice column that was titled, You'll need these 10 items before the next big storm. It came as no surprise to Roger Mose, owner of C.M. Mose & Son, that both portable and stand by generators can make a big difference during a power outage.
Besides keeping the lights on, a generator can also power your air conditioner. Summer can be an inconvenient time for a power outage. You may have to throw a freezer full of food away or donate it to the nearest shelter. Many people may choose to ride out the power outage with a friend or check into a hotel. They can visit the mall for the day or read a few books at a library.
Winter has a tendency to isolate people inside a home. If the roads are slick, or snow is piling up, it may be difficult if not impossible to escape a home that does not have electricity. The temperature could be hovering around freezing or colder. Many elderly residents do not have cell phones. So phoning a relative in the event of a power outage may not be an option. If the power goes out, even a cell phone will be useless when the batteries have died and can't be recharged due to lack of power.
Create a game plan for a power outage
Now is the time to ask yourself, in the event you lose power for 2 to3 days, what electrical appliances would you want running? Now is the time to get a quote and plan to purchase a standby generator. Prepare and protect yourself in the event of a power outage.
Of course, having an emergency kit including items such as flashlights, power tools, tarps, batteries, a broom, plywood, a chainsaw, canned food and bottled water will come in handy if your power goes out and you don't have a generator. But these items won't keep you warm. They won't help you communicate with your family or neighbors. And they won't power your medical equipment (if this is a need). Be prepared. Rely on yourself. Create and execute a plan in advance of any and all power outages.