Our September preparedness focus includes emergency power, so our second prep challenge is to buy an emergency generator. Even though natural disasters cause power outages which affects utilities, 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. Just know that generators disappear from store shelves as quickly as bottle water. So, study it out in your mind to know if a generator is the right choice for you.
…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
Buy an Emergency Generator
Before you buy a generator read this Consumer Reports Buying Guide and “Does Your Home Need an Emergency Generator?“
Ask yourself these questions when considering a generator purchase.
- Do I need a standby permanently installed generator [cost $4,000 – $15,000], or portable generator [$400-$2000]?
- What in my home 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.
Buying an emergency generator is a big decision, but you can do it!
Best wishes and be safe,
The Food Storage Organizer
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