Hurricane season began June 1 and kicked off with Tropical Storm Andrea over the weekend. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted an active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. The seasonal average for storms and hurricanes is 12 storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), 6 hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher) and 3 major hurricanes (including category 3, 4 and 5 with windows of 111 mph or higher.) This year NOAA is predicting 13 to 20 storms, 7 to 11 hurricanes, and 3 to 6 major hurricanes. With a summer of many opportunities for power outages, preparedness and backup solutions are at the front of many homeowner’s minds. Even when you are far from the coast the impacts of large storms can hit close to home.

“As we saw first-hand with Sandy, it’s important to remember that tropical storm and hurricane impacts are not limited to the coastline. Strong winds, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes often threaten inland areas far from where the storm first makes landfall,” said Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., NOAA Acting administrator.

Last year’s storms had a major impact on this region–with major power outages for many homeowners. The Derecho in July caused 1.2 million homes to go without power– 660,000 homes were without power for several days. Then came Hurricane Sandy in the fall, which lead to destruction throughout the East Coast and more power outages, a total of 7.3 million outages on the East Coast. There are solutions available that allow homeowners to have power even during these widespread outages, namely backup generators. Standard Energy Solutions (SES) found a rise in demand for backup power solutions after the Derecho last year and after Hurricane Sandy.

There are many steps homeowners can take to prepare for storm season: having an emergency preparedness kits with flashlights, storing important documents in a convenient, and having food and water stored just in case. Our partner, Kohler Generators, and NOAA, along with ready.gov have great tips and advice on storm preparedness.

Another thing to consider during storm season is a backup power source. The inconveniences faced by homeowners during storm season are numerous– flooded basements from an inactive sump pump, a refrigerator full of spoiled food (not to mention the cost of replacing all of that food), or even just dealing with the heat of summer without air conditioning or fans. What if you didn’t have to worry about filling your bathtub before the storm? What if you could cook dinner for your family even when the neighborhood doesn’t have power?

As an Authorized Kohler Generator Sales and Service Dealer, SES can offer a quality generator that will allow for a seamless transition to a fully-powered home. Kohler generators switch on the power your home within seconds and can power your entire home or selected electrical loads, depending on your needs. As storm season approaches, SES wants to keep you updated and so stay tuned to our Facebook for updates on potential storms and storm season tips –so be sure to like our page and follow us on Twitter for even more tips for storm season!