It’s easy to dismiss disaster planning as prepping for a worst-case scenario that likely won’t occur, but if we learned anything from the global pandemic and recent, increasingly frequent natural disasters, it’s that we never know when or how quickly our lives can change.
Backup power options are incredibly useful since grids face numerous vulnerabilities, including car accidents, lightning storms, wind, falling trees, and even pesky squirrels that can wreak havoc on energy lines.
Since traditional energy providers feed electricity into homes primarily via coal and natural gas plants, which operate much differently than solar panels during disaster scenarios, they’re immediately shut down when a crisis occurs. This means homes that rely solely on their utilities can lose power entirely.
Additionally, if your power grid, or even a power plant, is damaged during a disaster, the shutdown could last for days to account for the cleaning and rebuilding process.