Originally Posted by pop
Like you I used ups for my aquarium but only lost power for about 6 hours. I was prepared had the kerosene heater ready and the propane tanks filled. I remember about 12 years ago a cat 3 or 4 storm hit us in the sandhills we survived hunker down with a propane heater for two or three weeks without power. All the fish in the aquarium lived I had to use a plastic 2 liter bottles to pump air into the water.
Sandy was a small big storm it was barely a category 1 I think the reason so much damage is due to a belief that hurricanes only happen in the south and the dense population of the northeast. Believe me in a cat 3 storm you are on your knees ready to pray.
people up here in north nj were amazed at the storm. 60-90 mph gust is what we had in our area with very little rain fall (almost 2 inches over 24hrs)....all the water was down south. If we got hit with the rain in addition to the winds this area would be toast. Think about it .......do you see any ocean side amusement parks built on piers over the ocean in the south. The jersey shore will never be the same
I have plenty of heat(wood stove) and running cold water. What i did not have was a small power supply for my tank. That would have made this more bearable. Day 9 here with out power.
Has any one used a solar generator. I am considering a small portable unit, maybe a $200-$500.
It will not work for the whole house but i am hoping to get a few laptops/cell phones charged, run the tank heater, and the cycle the filter a bit. I like the solar option as i am not dependent on gas/lp/propane in a real emergency. Maybe a smaller one for my store location and just cycle the three heaters until i can get there to do damage control. I think my home tank i would want on more of a reliable system.
Other then whole house generators (gas) has any one used any other types of protable battery supplies for just your tanks?