If you feel like major hurricanes, storms, and fires are becoming more frequent and more destructive today, you’ve got good reason.  2020 sets the new annual record of 22 events – shattering the previous annual record of 16 events that occurred in 2011 and 2017

2020 is the sixth consecutive year (2015-2020) in which 10 or more billion-dollar weather and climate disaster events have impacted the United States. 

In 2020, there were 22 weather/climate disaster events in the U.S. with losses exceeding $1 billion each. These events included 13 severe storm events, 7 tropical cyclone events, 1 drought event, and 1 wildfire event.

Over the last 41 years (1980-2020), the years with 10 or more separate billion-dollar disaster events include 1998, 2008, 2011-2012, and 2015-2020.

Since 1980 the U.S. has experienced 279 weather and climate disasters where costs have reached or exceeded $1 billion (adjusted for inflation). In total, the cost of these 279 events exceeds $1.825 trillion.

Why You Need a Backup Power Solution from WPP

We Helped This Chevrolet Dealer Keep the Lights On

When the storm hits, will your business keep right on rolling or be down for the count? Backup power generation gives you the peace of mind to know that when the grid fails, your operations can continue unfazed. A backup generator switches on at a loss of grid power, then switches off again when power is restored. The two transitions are seamless and automatic for maximum convenience. Worldwide Power Products makes it easy to get a generator up and running. Whether you need a stationary or portable generator, we have a large inventory ready to ship. We offer technical assistance and turnkey installation backed by our reputation of bend over backwards service. We carry major brands including Caterpillar, Cummins, HiPower, MTU, IGSA, Multiquip, Isuzu, and more. Be prepared. Don’t wait until the clouds are gathering. Call us today and give your business the power security it needs.

We wanted to express a huge thanks to you and the team at Worldwide Power Products for getting us through not just one but several events in the Houston area that could have been incredibly disruptive to our business.” – Robby Knapp, General Manager at Knapp Chevrolet

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Weather Disaster Events 1980-2020



6.8 per year



$44.5B per year

2020 weather and climate disasters

These natural disasters have taken their toll on the power grid–from 2000-2014, major outages (affecting 50,000+ customers) rose 67% nationally. In WPP’s home state of Texas, high winds, lightning, tropical storms, and hurricanes have been the biggest culprits, with heat waves even necessitating rolling blackouts at times for many in the state. 

When a devastating event occurs and you lose power for days on end, the negative consequences can be far-reaching beyond simply not being able to operate:

  • Assets such as perishable goods can be damaged or destroyed.
  • An inability to meet your obligations to clients or customers can cause irreparable reputational damage.
  • You could experience additional costs of having to reboot or restart heavy machinery and other parts of the operation.
  • Health and safety risks mount. For example, having no lighting in a stairwell or machine components breaking or failing with a sudden stop.

See more reason why you need backup power, your options for acquiring backup power, and how to calculate ROI.

Backup power from WPP is the best safeguard against all of these risks, and the time to prepare for the next hurricane season is now. And especially if you’re in an at-risk area, a backup generator will likely pay for itself sooner rather than later.

In the News - Power Outages Caused by Storms

Power Outage Affects Polling Locations in Richland County

  • November 3, 2020

A Dominion Energy power outage had more than a thousands customers without power on the morning of Election Day -- including several polling locations.

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Thousands of Oklahomans Wait for Power to Be Restored

  • November 6, 2020

Nonprofit agency HeartLine 2-1-1 has received nearly 6,000 calls from Oklahomans seeking services including emergency shelter, housing assistance, food, transportation, debris cleanup, and legal assistance.

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148,000 Suffer Outage in Winter Storm in Texas

  • November 5, 2020

Ice, snow, and high winds caused 148,000 Xcel Energy customers to suffer a sustained outage in Texas. Cews replaced more than 1,500 wooden poles, 4,500 cross arms and almost 50 miles of wire and cable.

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Powerful Storm Leaves Path of Power Outages and Flooding for Midwest, Northeast

  • November 16, 2020

Extreme high winds up to 76 mph across the Midwest and northeastern United States led to power outages, property damage, and flooding. By 6 p.m. EST on Sunday, over 800,000 customers in the region were out of power.

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How Does a Backup Generator Work?

A backup generator senses a power outage, turns on automatically, and delivers backup power to your business or home. It will run until utility power returns – whether that’s two hours or two weeks.  A backup generator is wired directly into your main panel and when the primary power drops out, a switch automatically (ATS – automatic transfer switch) and immediately transfers your power source over to the generator. When utility power is restored, the generator automatically shuts back off and utility power resumes its role as your primary power supply.

Your Backup Generator Works Like This:

  1. Utility power is lost at site.
  2. Generator automatically detects a problem via a ATS (automatic transfer switch).
  3. Generator automatically turns on and electricity is restored at site.
  4. When utility power is restored at site, your generator shuts down automatically.

How WPP Helps Provide Your Backup Power Solution


WPP boasts an incredible inventory of both new and used diesel and natural gas generator sets, engines, and parts. No matter the application or power demand you’re facing, we can help you find the right size generator, with our gensets ranging in size from as low as 20 kW to 2500 kW or more, and engines as low as 150 hp to as high as 4000 hp or more.

We carry a variety of leading brands, including:

  • Caterpillar
  • Cummins
  • HiPower
  • MTU
  • Multiquip
  • IGSA
  • Gillette
  • Olympian

and more. Every generator we sell is thoroughly inspected and load-tested to ensure premium quality.

Generator rental stock at WPP
Generator on truck ready for delivery
Multiple MUD project - generator on elevated concrete pad
Cat power modules

Custom Power Solutions

WPP’s technical expertise is what separates us from other generator companies. Generators are complex pieces of equipment that require a lot of know-how to install, use, and maintain. We pride ourselves on delivering turnkey solutions to our customers so that they can rest easy, knowing their machinery is in good hands.

When you buy a generator from us, WPP can handle everything, with no need for you to deal with multiple companies. We help you size it. We pour the concrete pad. We deliver it, install it, and wire it (or work with your electric contractor, if you prefer). We get you set up with a maintenance schedule, and show you how to take advantage of remote monitoring so that you can know what’s going on with your generator, 24/7, from anywhere in the world. 

We do all this while keeping you within your budget and with as little downtime as possible, and whenever you need us, we’re just a call or email away. 

Engineering generator solution
Generator arriving on-site for installation

Why WPP?

WPP (Worldwide Power Products) has been providing power generation products and solutions to the Gulf Coast region and beyond since 2008. We are located in Northwest Houston, from where we’ve been privileged to assist businesses and organizations in Texas, Louisiana, and other areas that have been hit by catastrophic storms in recent years, helping customers navigate power outages and get back on their feet.

WPP Team

Be Prepared – Get Your Custom Power Solution from WPP

As you’re mapping out your backup power strategy, it will be helpful to ask yourself a few questions about your particular situation: 

  • What is the application?
  • Is your standby/backup system optional, or legally required?
  • What are the major loads in your facility?
  • How much power do they require at startup?
  • How long do you want the backup generator to be able to run? 
  • Where do you envision the generator going, and how much space do you have there?
  • Will you need or want any additional equipment (storage tanks, remote monitoring controller, etc.)?

If you don’t know the answers to some, or even all of these questions, don’t worry. One of our team members can walk you through them.