If you live on the East Coast, you are familiar with the threat of summertime power outages from thunderstorms, tropical storms, and a few hurricanes. Each year, you must prepare for the hurricane season to stay a step ahead of the storms that will come. This is even more important for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season with the COVID pandemic that might slow down recovery after storms and might make it harder to prepare right before a storm. To help you, we have created a guide for some helpful tips for early preparation for the hurricane season.
Here are some tips for hurricane preparation:
1. Gather food early in the season before there is a rush at stores. With COVID, it might take longer and be harder to get certain foods right before a hurricane. Stock up early with foods that have a longer shelf life.
2. Gather water supplies and treatment options. Municipal water can be corrupted by the storm, make sure bottled water and storage containers are accessible.
3. Make sure to have backups of essential prescription medicines and medical supplies for any possible injuries.
4. If you are at sea level, and especially near a waterway, get a sump pump or a wet vacuum to empty any basement and lower-level flooding.
5. Keep additional lighting, like flashlights, on hand.
6. Set up a battery backup system to keep your power going.
7. Create an emergency plan with your family to understand what to do in different scenarios.
8. Prepare a go-bag of essential items to keep on hand in case you need to leave.
9. Stay put, unless told to evacuate by officials.
It is best to stay prepared and alert for any hurricanes forming and listening to your local officials and any guidelines. For some people, hurricanes can bring large areas of destruction like Hurricane Dorian, Michael, Florence, Maria, and Sandy. But in reality, most storms don’t damage anything more than the power supply. However, power outages have their share of dangers. Food supplies can go bad, essential medications may be inaccessible, hot water and AC might not work, and more.
During most storms, the best course of action is to stay home and wait until the power comes back on. Sometimes this could be minutes, and sometimes this could be weeks before the power is back. With COVID, there can be even longer delays this year as utility crews need to stay within safety guidelines for the pandemic. That means more of a chance that food will spoil, and families cannot travel to powered areas in concerns for the virus.
But that doesn’t have to be the case.
Setting up a battery backup system will help keep you safe when there are grid outages from storms, and there is a need for continuous power consumption. Generators may be more cost-effective than a solar array, but they run on gasoline. During a hurricane, it might be unsafe to leave your location to get more gasoline, and gas stations may not even be operational or may run out of gas.
An independent renewable energy system and battery backup can help prepare your household against the threat of power outages from summer storms and hurricanes and provide an uninterruptible power supply. Solar PV systems have peak performance during the summertime with the stronger sun and longer days, and there is often an excess of power that is stored in battery backup systems for later use, especially during outages.
Installing a grid-tied battery backup system with a hybrid solar inverter has many benefits for residential homeowners but more specifically for those who want security during power outages. A hybrid inverter and battery backup energy storage system will allow homeowners to continue receiving power from their solar PV systems. Without backup energy storage, grid-tied systems would not operate during power outages due to an automatic shut off to ensure power lines are not still live when they are damaged. When the grid is down, solar PV systems can still function by using an energy storage system.
There are different options for energy storage technologies that can fit each home’s particular needs.
Choices for hybrid inverters include:
Choices for battery backup systems include:
These solar energy storage systems will allow homeowners to continue to use power for refrigeration, lighting, eliminating flooding water, and general comfort during power outages. Setting up a battery backup system will help keep you safe and provide peace of mind during the summer storms and hurricanes that will likely hit the East Coast this year.
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