04-10-2012, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by pittipuppylove
Okie dokie. We don't have them often - maybe every few years - but when we do, it's bad. The power tends to be out for 4 hours or more, depending on where you are (places closest to hospitals, schools, ect get fixed first), and we're nowhere near anywhere of importance. The last one we went through put the clinic's power out for over eight hours - which doesn't seem like much compared to the few days the power was out at my house, but when you have to keep vaccines and other medical stuff refrigerated or in certain conditions every hour counts.
Thus leading to the hope that we might someday be on a wired-in generator, but they're so expensive that it won't likely happen any time soon. The other things that have to be kept a certain way can be moved to our house, which has a generator, but that fish tank would be a killer to move!
You could get a less expensive portable generator that could be used for just the most important circuits. They're not automatic, but they could sure save the day in a pinch. Check them out at Home Depot. They have a nice selection.