Power outages often accompany other types of disasters which overshadow the effect of the loss of power itself. However, prolonged power disruptions need not be preceded by a natural disaster. They may also be caused by:
Prolonged, widespread power outages threaten the welfare and security of communities in several ways:
Emergency generators are designed to offer short-term power to certain vital services such as hospitals and law enforcement agencies, but are not designed to operate for weeks on end.
Few individual citizens our households have emergency generators and those that do generally have small fuel reserves. The decision to purchase and maintain a generator for your personal use should be made in consultation with an electrician who can help you determine the needs of your home and how to best integrate it into its electrical system.