Living in South Florida for ten years, we soon became acclimated (no pun intended) to the wild weather. The first week we lived there, we had a torrential downpour that dumped 12 inches of rain in 24 hours. In Utah, where I grew up, average rainfall is 16 inches — per year!
It was then that I finally learned what the high windshield wiper setting is for.
Hurricane season for the Atlantic is officially June 1 through November 30. But the local wisdom was that it ranged from Easter to Halloween. And when it came, you had better be ready.
Having lived through Hurricane Andrew — just one week after we purchased our first home, no less — we discovered some essentials. You need a safe water and food supply, to be sure, but if a large storm system or hurricane even comes close to your home, you can count on the power going out. We lost power over and over and over.
It was, again, in South Florida we learned the power of generators. If you prepare for an emergency with a quality generator, you can often get through almost completely unscathed. In fact, it will be little more than an inconvenience.
We bought a generator and found the hard way (read that: the first time we needed it) that it didn’t work. We finally lugged the thing to a small engine repair shop and paid to have it work like it should have.
Rule #1: Test your generator the minute you get it home.
Since then we’ve used it many times. We’ve been so glad to have it. But it is so noisy that it has to be placed far away from people. We tried to use it to power a trailer once when camping — and got major complaints from neighbors.
Rule #2: Test your generator the minute you get it home.
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