South Florida Business Disaster Plan: 5 Questions to Help You Find the Right Backup Generator

South Florida Business Disaster Plan: 5 Questions to Help You Find the Right Backup Generator

Every South Florida business needs an emergency preparedness plan, and that includes access to the right backup generator to keep your business running during hurricanes or other emergencies. 

Contingency Planning for Florida’s Upcoming Storm Season

If you’ve ever tried to order a generator after hurricane warnings go into effect, you know how quickly generators fly off the shelves. Not to mention, how high rental costs spike due to unsustainable demand.

You can skip the sky-high emergency prices and ensure you always have a generator on standby, no matter what the weather throws at you.  We offer the chance to reserve a generator ahead of time, before June 1st (the start of hurricane season) every year. Simply put down a reserve fee, which starts at $1,000 based on generator size, and you are guaranteed a generator at regular non-emergency prices. You are also guaranteed a generator at a time when so many people are unable to reserve one.

To reserve your generator before this hurricane season, which runs between June and November, you’ll need to reserve your unit before May 29th. If it is too late to reserve your emergency backup generator this year, it’s never too soon to start preparing for next year!

Regardless if you are reserving a generator for the future or ordering one for next week, we are always here to help you identify the appropriate generator for your needs. Here are some helpful questions that’ll help determine the right generator for your location.

#1. What Type of Generator Do You Require?

There are two general types of generators, portable generators and standby generators. Businesses require a pull-behind standby generator as opposed to a portable generator. A portable generator provides very little power, in the range of 1kW to 3kWm. For comparison, our standby generators start at 30kW.

Plus, our generators are equipped with automatic transfer switches so that it only takes a few seconds post-power outage for the generator to automatically switch on and begin to power the building. When power returns, the backup generator automatically switches off and safely transfers power back to the original source.

#2. How Many Watts Does Your Generator Need? 

Generators are measured in watts; the more watts a generator has the more power it provides. We offer a wide variety of portable tow-behind generators, ranging to include 30 kW to 2,000 kW of power. Certain details about your location help identify how much power you require. Do you need to power the entire building, or just portions of your establishment?

Keep in mind, it requires more power to restart systems after a power failure than it does to maintain systems thereafter. It’s always best to order a generator that provides more power than you need to prevent oversights that can ultimately overload a backup generator.

#3. What Systems & Equipment Require Power?

What are the essential elements of your business that need fuel in a power outage? Such as heating, central air conditioning systems, ventilation, industrial refrigerators, lighting, servers, computers, or other office equipment. Don’t forget about pump systems, sprinklers, or water pumps, as well as security systems. Some of these things only need to operate during normal business hours, while other things, such as your security system, operate all times of the day and night.

#4.  Are There Any Building Codes or Utility Requirements?

Your local utility company and/or local building department can help you identify regulations regarding power usage in your zone or district. More specifically, check on requirements regarding the usage of automatic/manual transfer switches or mechanical disconnections. All generators should be installed according to local utility company regulations as well as local and national electric and building codes. 

#5. What Type of Fuel Will You Use?

There are a variety of fuel types used to power generators including diesel, gasoline, propane gas, and natural gas. We offer diesel powered generators for a few reasons:

-Diesel is the least flammable option when compared to other fuel sources.

-Diesel generators are more affordable to operate.

-Diesel fuel is readily available.

Rent or Buy High Quality Generators & Be Prepared for Anything

Our portable diesel generators offer unmatched power for temporary use or emergency standby. We have a wide variety of generator sizes and can accommodate just about any special request. Contact us today to learn more and get a free quote.