Grid is Under-Prepared for an Above Average Hurricane Season

Hurricane Irma Map

NOAA Track Dated Sept. 7, 2017

We can all see the effects of Hurricanes on critical infrastructure and it is not limited to the following, but these power requirements have become news events this season:

• Food Storage -> Refrigeration

• Water Authorities -> Safe Drinking Water

• Refineries -> Oil Production

• Chemical Plants -> Hazardous Materials

• Large Pumps Stations -> Flooding

• Retirement Communities -> Medical Evacuations

• Evacuation Centers -> Reliable Megawatts of Power

According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in the Atlantic to Gulf of Mexico there is on average 12 tropical storms, 6 of which become hurricanes, each year from June to November 30. The hazards are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rain, destructive winds, tornadoes, high surf and rip currents.

In August of this year, a survey of 150 energy providers in the U.S. provided a glimpse into state of preparation for severe weather. “93% report the impact of severe weather on operational decisions. Due to a lack of solutions in market and the lack of resources to manage and build their own; utilities say they have struggled to add a prediction model to their storm preparation toolbox. As a result, many utilities are forced to be reactive rather than proactive in their storm preparation activities.”

At Global Power Supply, we have a track record of recommending a proactive power preparedness plan earlier each year. Here are some of our past articles.

Jun 2017 – Heat and Hurricanes an Above Average Season for Power Demand and Generators

Feb 2017 – Extreme Weather Preparedness: Maintain Business Continuity with Standby Generators

Sept. 2016 – Seven steps in the purchase of a standby backup generator

Jul. 2016 – Emergency Backup Power, Plan Now For Weather Related Power Outages

July 2015 – Is your Backup Generator Ready for the Hot Summer Months

From the entire GPS team, we offer everyone in the path of the storms our thoughts and prayers. Here are some web resources for further information and we encourage everyone who can to donate to the American Red Cross.

Storm Tracking at NOAA

FEMA Floods Risk

Red Cross Find a Shelter

Red Cross Donate Hurricanes

National Weather Service Hurricane Tips

National Hurricane Center