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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hurricane Season/Generators

It's that time of year again folks!  Rather than repeating what has been posted in years past, here is the link to all hurricane posts on Mississippi Prepper.  We are generator shopping which should have been accomplished already.
 What do you need in a generator?
That depends on what level of discomfort you are willing to live with.  We looked into the propane, whole house generators.  It would cost us about $4,000.  We decided to pass on this not just because of the expense but it does not increase home value as much as it cost and we had talked to a few people that have this and only a couple  worked when needed. 
Now what?  Determine what you want to run on the generator.  There are all sorts of calculators online for this.  Refrigerators and freezers can be cycled and unplugged to run other things temporarily. I have other cooking resources that I do not need to worry about kitchen appliances and can also heat water so we can forgo the hot water heaters.  Why do that if you can get a generator that can do it all?  One storage, you have to store your generator when not in use and size is a factor.  Two, and more important, gas.  You have to have enough gas stored to run it.  Gas only lasts so long, and having to have enough to run the generator for how long?  Days?  Weeks? Months?  After a major hurricane obtaining gas is nothing short of a treasure hunt.  I tend to be on the conservative side with my electric and am more so when running on a generator.  Make a list of essentials to be run.  Look up what wattage you need and how much gas you need to run it and go from there.  Check prices and reviews.  After purchasing your generator do monthly checks to make sure it is running well.  NEVER hook your generator directly to your house unless you have a switch installed that just allows the generator to function through the electrical system of your house.  Not installing a switch means you will charge the electric lines and possibly kill someone working on the lines after the storm. NEVER run it indoors or fill it while it's running.  Keep it secure after the storm so it isn't taken. 
I am sorry I have been remiss in posting on tornado prepping and flooding, my father had passed away and I have been in a funk but I'll try to be more helpful.

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