Buy an Emergency Generator • September Prep Challenge #2

Our September preparedness focus includes emergency power, so our second prep challenge is to buy an emergency generator. Despite the fact that natural disasters cause power outages which affect our utilities, computer use, appliances, everyone does NOT need a generator. Many people can’t afford a portable generator because they cost between $400 to $2000, and others are afraid to use them. But, just like cases of bottled water, generators disappear from store shelves before and after a disaster. So, study it out in your mind to know if a generator is the right choice for your family to buy.

Buy an Emergency Generator • September Prep Challenge #2

…you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right. But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong…

Doctrine and Covenants 9:8,9

1. Buy a Generator, Fuel and a Heavy Duty Extension Cord

First, read this Consumer Reports Buying Guide before you buy a generator and read “Does Your Home Need an Emergency Generator?

Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding if you want a generator.

  • Do I need a standby permanently installed generator [cost $4,000 – $15,000], or portable generator [$400-$2000]?
  • What do I want to power with my generator? If so, what is the wattage I need?
  • Will I be able to heat or cool my home with a generator?
  • Can I start a generator by myself without my spouse?
  • Is the food in my refrigerator and freezer worth the cost of a generator?
  • Is there another way I can power my work computer without a generator?
  • Does my landlord allow me to have a generator?
  • Do I have space outside to keep a generator? (NEVER use a generator inside a home.)
  • A generator is loud when running. Do I want the world to know I have a generator?
  • What kind and how much fuel will my city allow me to store for my generator?
  • Where will I safely store the fuel for my generator?
  • What length of heavy duty extension cord do I need?

TIP It’s a good idea to lock your generator if you run it at night. Generators are loud and have been known to disappear.

I hope some of these ideas will help you know if you should buy an emergency generator.

Best wishes and be safe,

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer

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