In the early summer of 2013 when heavy winter runoff from the near by Rocky Mountains and unseasonably high amounts of rain along the foothills of Alberta caused catastrophic flooding to the city of Calgary, it demonstrated how unprepared the vast majority of people are for the type of disaster that knocked power out for over two weeks to the city of over a million people. As officials scrambled to restore basic services, residents were forced to survive on their own means until normality could return.
Within 24 hours, stores were sold out of water, pumps and generators. Within 72 hours, the trading area of over 400 miles was out of generators and even online suppliers like Amazon had their warehouses stripped clean of people desperate for electricity to keep their lights on and their food from spoiling. Never in the history of the city had they experienced anything even remotely close to the devastation that the floods of 2013 brought. This is the city that hosts more than a million people for the Calgary Stampede and was the host of the Winter Olympics. It was proof positive that even the most modern city could be brought to its knees with out notice or warning.
So What Can You Learn from this Disaster ?
When disaster hits, it’s too late to prepare. By the time you realize you need the essentials such as a generator, the shelves will be stripped bare and it could take up to two weeks to get one by mail. The problem is compounded by the fact that in a disaster zone, the mail service / delivery process grinds to a halt. The only way to prepare for a disaster is to think ahead, buy what you need now and then sleep soundly that you are ready for the worst if it ever happens.
The most common thing disaster survivors tell about is how fast the disaster hit, and how it was impossible to find what you needed. In the case of electricity, being able to generate your own power is vital to lighting your home, keeping warm ( or cool in a hot climate such as Arizona ) and keeping your food stock from spoiling in your deep freeze. Microwave ovens, stoves, freezers, lamps, radios – they all require power and if you don’t have a generator – where are you going to get one in a disaster situation ?
For advice on which generator is best for emergencies, check out our article here.