Best home generator shelter

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Security, even during the very worst.

In the wake of the 2012 Hurricane Sandy, two families emerged from the devastation, Family A, who needed help, and Family B who didn’t. These two families weren’t in different states, or even miles apart. They were neighbors, who lived through the same terrible storm, made the same preparations, and had the same damage to their house and property. So what led to one family needing help, while the other was safe and secure?

Preparations for the Storm.

Family B made one preparation that family A did not, they made the best home generator shelter for their house, their goals, and their lives. While Family A also had a generator, it was destroyed in the storm. As their food began to spoil and they were left in the dark, Family A thought “What could we have done?”

A smart plan.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, making a well designed generator shelter is a great idea because “portable gas engine generators are not made to use outdoors during inclement weather.” If only Family A took this to heart, they wouldn’t be waiting for help.

So what goes into making the best shelter for your house?

What are your goals for the generator? Should it be a backup incase the power happens to go out? Should it be able to work during a storm or hurricane? If you are like either Family A or B, then your goal is to have a safety net incase of an emergency. So what did Family A do wrong?

Both families started with a generator in the back of their houses. They secured it via a lock to prevent possible theft, and purchased enough fuel to last through an emergency. It was when the families were considering the best home generator shelter however, when they made different choices, with lasting consequences.

Protecting the generator from the elements.

When building an enclosed generator, both families constructed a roof and walls to dramatically increase the life of the generator. Using a cement base and strips of plywood reinforced with foam to insulate the interiors, both families made the smart move by enclosing their generators. In addition, as both Family A and B figured out during an earlier loss of power, the enclosures helped dramatically reduce the sound.

Protect the generator from ground water.

Driving a car underwater is a stupid idea, and running a generator under water is just as bad. Family B knew this, and prepared accordingly. They consulted their zoning board, and constructed their shelter the appropriate distance above the water. When Sandy came and their property flooded and the electricity went out, Family B still had power, food, and water. While Family A was trying to get a sense of what was lost, Family B was already picking up the pieces and rebuilding.

So what happened to Family A?

Family B offered their help, and through kindness and generosity, helped Family A get back on their feet. With thanks to their best home generator shelter, Family B was able to give back, helping their community in need.


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