Norwall PowerSystems: FEMA Recommends a Generator for Disaster Preparedness Plans


Hurricane Preparedness Week May 7 – 13 Brings Awareness of the Approaching Hurricane Season

Hurricanes cause widespread power outages affecting millions of utility customers. Outages that last for days or weeks put residents at risk along with their homes and property. The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project recently updated their forecast for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season to include 11 named storms, four hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. The probability of a major hurricane (category 3, 4, or 5) making landfall along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts this year is 42 percent.

Hurricanes cause disasters primarily through a combination of Storm Surge, Flooding, and Extreme winds. Peak sustained winds during a Category Five hurricane can exceed 200 MPH. The damage to the electrical distribution network can takes weeks to repair as crews must often rebuild entire sections of the network.

Meanwhile, residents without power may face hot, humid weather or temperatures that dip below freezing. Sump pumps don’t work without electricity so basements flood. Homes that survived intact are put at risk by burst pipes, seeping ground water, and mold that grows in warm, moist air.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends the installation of a standby generator or the purchase of a portable generator to keep residential homes and their occupants safe as a part of the disaster plan every resident should make. Standby generators operate automatically and run on a home’s natural gas supply for weeks. They are permanently connected through an Automatic Transfer Switch and isolate the home’s electrical system from the utility. Small, fuel efficient portables keep the essentials like refrigerators, sump pumps, cell phone chargers, and a few lights supplied with power.

Norwall PowerSystems (www. warns that local businesses often cannot meet demand in the hours and days that lead up to the predicted landfall of a hurricane. Items like portable generators and plywood to board up homes are sold out within hours and remaining supplies are often less than ideal. The installation of a standby generator is not a trivial project. They take at least a few days to arrive and require a licensed electrician experienced in generator installations.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. September and October are the peak activity months, but a hurricane or other tropical cyclone can occur at any time during the year. 2017 has already seen one named storm.

Learn more about Hurricane Disaster Planning and the Best Portable Generators for your family’s disaster plan.

About Norwall PowerSystems

Norwall PowerSystems, established in 1997 to specialize in the sale of emergency backup power generators and associated equipment, stocks 1,000s of standby generators, portable generators, automatic transfer switches and replacement parts in multiple warehouses throughout the US. With over 55 years of combined experience in the electrical and power plant arenas, sales staff provide courteous and knowledgeable service to customers by listening, taking notes, and providing information in a timely manner. Regular, factory-sponsored training keeps staff up to date on new products. After 20 years in business, Norwall has shipped over 100,000 generators.

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