These natural disasters have taken their toll on the power grid. According to Climate Central, the decade from 2011-2021 experienced 64% more major power outages than that from 2000-2010. A major power outage are considered to be events that affected at least 50,000 customers. About 83% of all reported power outages from 2000-2021 can be attributed to a weather-related event. In WPP’s home state of Texas, high winds, lightning, tropical storms, and hurricanes have been the biggest culprits, with freezes and extreme heat waves even necessitating rolling blackouts at times for many in the state. Since 2000, Texas has 180 major power outages, which is more than any other state in the USA!
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.
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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.