As a follow up to my blog posted only a month ago, “Storm Preparedness for Your Facility: Don’t Wait for the Forecast”, I literally had no idea how quickly many of us on the eastern seaboard of the United States would have to heed at least some of my advice. Just as my article began, what looked like a weak tropical storm, Category 1 hurricane that often fizzles out as they move north. Well, Isaias remained a strong storm all the way up the coast, and hit the NY-NJ-CT region hard. As I write this, hundreds of thousands of customers in the region remain without power, it has been about a week.
It is evident the biggest issue in a storm’s aftermath is power failures and how to best deal with them. One of tenets of my article was to completely understand how your facility (and home) will operate on standby power. With the hot, humid weather we’ve been experiencing this summer, lack of power can create a miserable experience. My own home has a standby system, but it cannot support the central air conditioning system that I cherish. It had me scrambling for a room sized air conditioner that I knew my small generator could handle. I ultimately failed to find that small A/C unit but found a good old fashioned fan that kept me cool. In large buildings, with inoperative windows, lack of ventilation will render the building quickly uninhabitable. Luckily, power was restored to my home after two full days, 15 gallons of gasoline and lots of running around to keep things energized.