Wednesday, September 18, 2013

We Are Ready to Generate Some Power at Crest Avenue

As we continue our garden shed themed posts this week, we will cover the un-crating and setup of the portable generator we purchased some few weeks ago.

What prompted me to get this unpacked and ready to go was a power outage one day last week. There was an explosion in one of the generators at the hospital in our fair town and most of Cheverly was without power.  Luckily, we were only off the grid for about an hour and a half.

We have been lucky this summer to have not had heavy downpours and damaging storms.  We have had very little rain at all.  The weather has changed over the past few years.  We go through summers where we get no rain. Then we have weather like we did last year where violent, damaging storms come through and cause great chaos for everyone.  You will remember our "Microburst" on June 24 and then our "Derecho." Both storms were disastrous.  People were without power for weeks in some areas.  Luckily we were not included in that group.

In our preparedness efforts, I made sure we had the necessary accessories to go along with the generator. These include a 5 ft. propane hose so that we are assured of having ample connection from the propane tank to the generator.  A gas meter that is attached directly to the valve on the propane tank which lets us know when we are running low on propane.  And finally a 25 ft. heavy duty power cord with three outlets - one for a lamp, one for a fan (if no power in the summer) and one for a small refrigerator.  Remember, in my case, it is necessary to keep insulin pens refrigerated.

It is a good idea to be prepared at all times of the year for whatever life may bring.  Keeping fresh batteries in the flashlights to stocking up on fresh bottled water in advance of a catastrophe is wise.  Speaking of, I need to do both of those things.

And here is our little powerhouse, in the shed, ready to provide us with some relief should Mother Nature strike. And we do not want to upset Mother Nature if at all possible.  Because, as Dena Dietrich informed us in the Chiffon margarine commercials back in the 70's, "It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature."

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