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February 04, 2013

Connecticut Windstorm Underscores Need For Power Protection

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TMCnet Writer

With every storm – whether snow, rain, or wind –comes the possibility of a power outage. If you live in the tri-state area, particularly Connecticut, there’s no way you missed all of the wind blowing through the nutmeg state. This recent wind storm displayed the full potential of how nature’s simplicity can take out the power, leaving tens of thousands in the dark for days as a result.

The storm featured oddly unseasonable weather for late January. Involving heavy rains and wind to match, the storm boasted gusts as fast as 65 miles per hour and showed up ahead of a cold front that dropped temperatures from the 50s in the early part of the day to the 30s by the time the sun went down. Moreover, the high winds took down several tree limbs as well as trees outright, which in turn did a number on the power grid.

With no power and adverse weather shaping up, many schools closed for the day with delays for the rest of the week to allow for cleanup efforts as well as to get the lights back on. The fact that this took place during colder weather could’ve also spelled out something far worse than if it were to happen during one of the year’s warmer seasons. While in summer, a power outage might mean an inconvenience, in winter it could prove lethal. Power outages in cold temperatures are particularly dangerous, as they often mean a loss of heating systems, which is just one reason to have a robust and reliable power protection plan in place. Thankfully, this recent outage’s short duration stopped such detriments from happening.

Furthermore, bring your own device (BYOD), as well as the explosive growth of mobile technology that keeps businesses, schools and similar organizations going and growing, means that having a plan for power outages in place may mean the difference between a fairly normal day of operations and a complete shutdown...or worse.

An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) like those offered by Minuteman UPS/Para Systems (News - Alert) can mean the difference between even nominal operations and no operations at all. Consider the loss of vital network elements or security systems; a power outage could leave a business exposed to data theft or any other kind, it could leave a school unsecured, and the damage to hospitals could be incalculable. One needs to only remember the damage done during last year’s Hurricane Sandy, where patients were urgently evacuated from a NY-based hospital due to a generator malfunction.  

While not every business can undertake the level of investment required to put a power protection plan in place, there are many options in the field to be considered for nearly any level of operation. Letting the wind blow and the chips fall where they may in terms of a business' operations is seldom a good idea. Therefore, it’s not a question of if you’re protected, but how.  The next time a storms hits – regardless of what kind and where – do yourself a favor and be ready for it.

To learn more about how you can be further prepared, click here.

Edited by Allison Boccamazzo
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