Last year we all saw what tropical storm Irene did to our state. Close to a million people were without power for over a week in the tail-end of summer. However while most people thought about the downed trees the victims began to realize other things were going wrong. Without electricity those normal household comforts that we take for granted stopped working. Air conditioners, microwaves, stoves, freezers, and the fridge all stopped. Food rotted, the smell got worse, and many times it was too late to save any of it by the time they got a generator IF they could find one.
Another problem people seemed to forget was that sump pumps require electricity. Without it, basements that were flooded stayed flooded for some time. We saw a lot of devastation last year. Water, mold, severe odor issues— many times it made us gag from the smell.
What we completely recommend is having a permanent generator installed that operates off oil or natural gas that automatically kicks on when the power fails. This way you can still cook, your food stays fresh, and you have access to vital supplies like a flushing toilet (if you’re like me and have a well you know what I’m talking about). Many of these generators can power an entire floor or more, and are well worth the investment.
If you can’t afford a permanent generator, at least invest in a gasoline powered one that can run at least your refrigerator and freezer. Food starts to spoil within hours of it not being cooled, so the window to save your food is very small. This is not a “wait a couple of days” issue. By then your home will smell worse than a pig farm. Literally.
If you don’t have access to generators find a friend who still has power, and may have room for you to store at least some of your frozen goods like meat. When preparing for the storm try to buy things that don’t require being chilled. The old “lets go by all the milk eggs and bread we can find!” is not exactly sound. Canned foods, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and bottled water. Remember you can’t run your dish washer either so make sure to get things that could don’t have to dirty ten pans to make.
Electricity rules our lives, it’s a fact. When the power goes out we run the risk of losing more than what the storm may have taken. The aftermath can be just as costly as the intial impact.
Thankfully we can handle these kinds of problems. Odors, flooding, sewage, mold— we know how to bring a home back from the brink of despair. Keep our name in mind should the worse happen, we’ll be here to help you.