Do you have a backup?
Do you have a back up generator? With the stormy season on us, having a back up generator can be a well worth the investment.
You can have it only work certain items, such as the sump pump, furnace/ A/C, refridgerator, some lights. For this purpose there is two different types of backup generators. Stationary and portable.
Stationary will be your biggest investment, and as the name states will be permantly located outisde your building. You will need to make sure it is ready for an emergency by routinly starting it up. They usually operate on diesel fuel or natural gas. Some models have a timer built in so you can set it.
Portable generators are much lighter, however they can not handle as much as the larger stationary units. These can be stored out of the way until you need them. Some have wheels to make it easy to manuever. These also should be routinly started. They also come with a varitey of plug ends depending on your needs. You can run an extension cord to these, or you can have a professional electrican hook up a panel inside with a plug in outdoors to hook up to when needed. to start at a certain time, just to make sure it is ready. You would need a professional electrician to hook up the circuits and panel for this.
Depending on how often you lose power, one of these might be a fit. Just like an insurance policy, you usuallly do not realize you need it, untill you need it.