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Thomson Power Systems Quick Connection Panels for Emergency Backup Generator Connection

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 11, 2019
South Shore Generators in Wareham,MA

Thomson Power Systems manufactures the Quick Connection Panel (QCP). The QCP can provide a quick and safe portable generator connection to your system when normal power is interrupted during a natural disaster or main power failure. The Quick Connection Panel enables your facility to accept temporary service from a rental or portable generator. This feature is also available as an option on our ATS product line.

UL Certification:

It is important for your emergency back-up power solutions to be UL Certified. The Quick connection Panel is UL certified to the Automatic Transfer Switch Standard UL1008 Supplement SB.

Models are available in stock. Contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA for assistance.

How Businesses Can Get Ready for Hurricane Season

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 03, 2019
South Shore Generators in Wareham,MA

The 2019 hurricane season is quickly approaching. Early preparation is the smartest way to ensure business continuity and protect employees.

While the full hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, building an early plan of action helps businesses craft emergency hurricane communications ahead of time, map out their evacuation routes, and brace for impact. Developing a plan well before a storm arrives also gives employers and their people much-needed peace of mind.

What will the 2019 season look like?

It’s anticipated that the coming hurricane season will see a number of named storms. AccuWeather, which provides global forecasting services, is predicting a slightly above-normal season with 12-14 storms likely to form.

Five to seven of those systems could develop into named hurricanes, with two to four strengthening into major hurricanes (a major storm is category 3–5, unleashing devastating to catastrophic damage). While a business can’t control where a storm hits or how damaging it will be, early planning is essential to minimizing the impact.

The following guide is designed to help every business protect their organization and people if a hurricane makes landfall in their area.

1. ASSESS WHAT MATTERS MOST

Where does a company even begin when facing potentially profound damage to business continuity? It’s a daunting task to take on in the face of organizational disruptions that could result in danger to your staff and considerable financial loss.

The best place to start: look closely at what keeps your business up and running and what factors are relevant in dealing with a hurricane. Chances are it’s your people, your assets, and your location.

Take action early to protect these key elements, maintain order, and rebound quickly after a storm passes through.

Protect Your People

A company is only as strong as the people it employees. And just as you look to your workforce to handle specific business functions, they look to you for leadership and guidance.

This need is never more pronounced than when your business is facing a potential crisis. Your employees often turn to management to help keep them safe, connected, and informed in the event of a disaster.

With today’s highly mobile workforce, safeguarding your employees is no easy task. In order to protect your people, you need to take several factors into consideration:

  • Where is each employee located—not just in a directory, but in real time?
  • Which employees travel and what is their current schedule?
  • Do you have remote or lone workers? If so, where are they at any given moment?
  • Do you have a mass notification system in place to quickly and easily notify your people?
  • Is each employee being tracked by HR, travel, and/or building badge systems so they can be reached immediately?

Inventory Your Assets

Networks, data, equipment, technology, supplies, products, and facilities are just a few of the assets at risk during a hurricane. Threats include not only flooding and high winds, but gas shortages and power outages.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends a Continuity Resource Toolkit, which can help businesses “prepare for and adapt to changing conditions and recover rapidly from operational disruptions.”

Identify the following assets now to prevent stress and headaches later:

  • Where are your assets located?
  • What kind of physical protection is available for each asset?
  • Which assets are critical to running the business?
  • Are these assets owned or insured?
  • What assets are leased and what is your responsibility if they are damaged?

Fortify Your Locations

Weather-related events are often at the mercy of their specific geographic location. Flooding can occur at a single building or at all of an organization’s facilities along the coast. You’ll need to consider how you’re going to reinforce each location.

Even facilities located far inland are still vulnerable to major damage. A hurricane might weaken to a tropical storm, but a slow-moving system can stall over a heavily populated area and cause catastrophic flooding.

Questions to ask:

  • What is the address of every location under your company umbrella including storage facilities and transportation lots?
  • What is the evacuation plan for each facility? For example: entrances/exits; stairs, elevators and escalators; parking lots; and access to the closest hurricane evacuation route.
  • Which people/teams work at each location?
  • What are the biggest risks for each facility and how fortified are they to withstand potential damage?
  • What types of materials are in place necessary to get a facility up and running again?

2. BUILD YOUR EMERGENCY PLAN

In the panic of an approaching storm, it’s human nature to lose focus. Having an explicit emergency plan in place is crucial to minimizing the confusion surrounding a hurricane.

Your plan should be flexible to account for inevitable changes in people, assets, and locations. It should incorporate basic infrastructure elements that are unlikely to change even as your business evolves over time.

Back Up Your Data

It might feel like a no-brainer, but it’s an easily overlooked practice. Ensure your data is backed up offsite to safeguard against on-premises damage (flooding or fires can destroy on-site servers).

Regular data backups with a redundant system will safeguard your business against loss. If one server goes down, the backup will come to the rescue.

Set Up Cloud Systems

Disaster recovery is why cloud-based systems are the preferred choice for IT professionals. If you have to work from a different location, you want to be certain you can access key business systems and data from mobile devices. This may include payroll, CRM, and HR systems. If you haven’t converted such systems to the cloud, now is the time.

Create Checklists

Build a checklist of tasks to perform throughout the entire duration of a hurricane. Store the list on a cloud application for easy access, but also physically post it where your people can easily reference it if there’s a power outage. Be sure to communicate this list to key stakeholders if you’ll be away or unavailable.

Review Contracts

The aftermath of a major storm isn’t the time to figure out what your contractual obligations are. Proactively review your contracts with vendors, insurance providers, and landlords. There should be specific callouts for weather-related events, damages, and complete loss. If not, notify contract owners directly to find out what their weather-related clauses are.

Map Evacuation Routes

Help your people find the safest way out of their facility to minimize chaos and ensure everyone’s safety. You’ll want to work with facility managers to determine which stairwells and doors should be used, identify parking lot exits, and what surrounding streets should be taken. Post physical maps on each floor to familiarize your people with approved evacuation routes.

Implement a Two-Way Communication System

A potentially life-saving addition to your emergency plan: communication. Ensure every employee is safe and able to communicate during a hurricane both with leadership and with each other. Even if the internet is down due to a power outage, you should still be able to relay vital information to your people.

Emergency communication software enables leadership to deliver real-time information to employees across multiple channels and devices at one time. You can also use the system to check in with employees for status updates and to provide evacuation details. No matter where employees are located and what devices they’re using, you can help them stay safe and informed.

In order to optimize your emergency notification system, you should regularly update your company directory with accurate contact information for each employee. Pre-set templates help administrators prepare in advance and relay information quickly with only a few clicks. This saves precious time from having to create a new message from scratch. Templates should include email, voicemail scripts, SMS texts, and push notifications. Click here to access our free hurricane templates.

3. CREATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS

When it comes to protecting your people, assets, and locations—it takes a village.

Once you have your plan in place, it’s time to delegate and practice. Don’t forget: an emergency plan is only as good as the people following it. Everyone must have a thorough understanding of what to do in any given scenario if it’s going to work.

Define Clear Roles and Responsibilities

A hurricane preparedness plan will contain several moving parts involving multiple people. Be sure to designate roles to employees who are up to the challenge. Communicate specific responsibilities with each stakeholder and make sure they have the resources and technology they need. Let everyone know who is on each team and who they can look to for specific information.

Train Teams

You have to do more than simply tell people their responsibilities—you must also thoroughly train them. Get the team together to review protocol and answer any questions they may have. As the company evolves, so too should the plan. Be sure to modify it with every new location, expansion, or change to a facility.

Role Play

Practice your plan with mock drills. Role-playing various scenarios may seem silly. But when facing a dangerous, deadly hurricane, team members will be more likely to remember a drill than a bunch of text. You can choose whether to give the team notice or conduct impromptu drills to mimic a real-life emergency.

Hurricanes will happen. The good news: You now have a solid framework in place to prepare your business for a violent storm. Weather experts can forecast hurricanes days in advance, and businesses should use that insight to their benefit. Follow the guidelines above and help your business weather the storm.

Keep Your People Aware

AlertMedia is the leader in emergency communication software. Thanks to two-way messaging, an intuitive user interface, and 24/7 customer support, you can rest easy knowing you’re prepared if a storm is heading your way.

For more information on generators for your business, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: alertmedia.com

Generators for Hurricane Season

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 28, 2019
South Shore Generator - Kohler Pro7.5e portable generator

Hurricane season is approaching. A near normal hurricane season, which extends from June 1 to the end of November, includes 10 to 16 named storms (winds of at least 39 miles an hour); 4 to 8 of which may grow to hurricane strength; and 1 to 4 of that bunch developing into a major hurricane of 111 mph winds or higher. Need any more reason to consider a generator?

Plan ahead. Keep in mind that buying a generator isn’t like buying a lawn mower or snow blower—you shouldn’t just go and get something that looks good, even in a pinch. Your best bet is a stationary generator, which is pro-installed and switches on when needed. But they can take weeks to install given local zoning laws that regulate permits, setbacks, and inspections after you’ve selected the model itself.

Safety first. And even if you buy a portable generator and plan to run extension cords for your lights and refrigerator, for safety's sake we recommend having an electrician install a transfer switch for a less messy hookup. An electrician can also help you decide how capable a generator you need for the wattage of what you need to power.

Here are some generators from our generator tests that are worth your consideration:

Portable Generators

Portable generators need to be taken outdoors once the power goes out (and whenever else you run it) and started up. They typically run on gasoline, which means you’ll need to keep some on hand. A 7,000-watt portable will use 12 to 20 gallons of gas per day if run continuously. Be sure to add stabilizer, and fire the machine up about every month to be sure it’ll be ready when you need it.

One of Kohler's first portable generators, the 6,300-watt Kohler PRO7.5E, $1,400, delivered ample clean power and many helpful features such as electric start, fuel shutoff, and low-oil shutoff, which protects the engine from overheating if the oil level dips too low.

The 7,000-watt Generac RS7000E, $900, supplied more than enough wattage to power our test appliances and handled surges very well. That power was also fairly clean. Helpful features include electric start, fuel shutoff, and low-oil shutoff.

Stationary (Standby) Generators

For the least fuss—at least once it’s installed—a stationary generator comes on when the power goes off, runs on propane or natural gas, and also starts itself periodically to run diagnostic checks. With most, you need to check the generator’s display for error codes that might require service from your local dealer. A few models have optional modules that will text or email you and/or a dealer should attention be required.

The Generac 6237, offers capable performance. It's claimed to offer 7,000 watts using natural gas and another 1,000 if you use propane. It also comes with a transfer switch, needed for safe operation. Among helpful features is low-oil shutoff with a warning indicator. An add-on option, $280 plus a regular fee, lets you monitor your generator’s status from anywhere using a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The Kohler 14RESAL, was top-notch at delivering ample, especially smooth power, and it’s claimed to offer 12,000 watts using natural gas and another 2,000 if you use propane. It was among the quietest of the models we tested and includes a low-oil shutoff with a warning indicator. It also comes with a transfer switch. An add-on module, $475, lets you monitor your generator’s status from anywhere using a Windows PC.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: consumerreports.org

Commercial Generators for Businesses and Outdoor Events

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 22, 2019
South Shore Generators - Generac Industrial Generators

Most of our everyday lives are heavily reliant upon electricity. Residential and commercial generators provide backup power or whole-house power in the event of a power outage. Likewise, portable and inverter generators provide a main source of power to remote and mobile locations such as construction sites, RVs and boats.

Generators can be expensive depending on the type. Important things to consider when choosing a generator include size, output, capacity, fuel efficiency, noise level, technology and cost.

Commercial standby generators

Commercial standby generators are similar to home standby generators but on a larger scale. Commercial models can use paralleling systems to connect multiple generators and provide more power from a single line.

Businesses

Businesses with backup generators will never lose revenue due to lost productivity or downtime during a power outage. Essential businesses like hospitals, airports, data centers or government facilities will never have to worry about not being able to perform critical tasks when the power goes out.

People who host outdoor events

If business entertains or hosts events outdoors, a portable generator will allow you to power outdoor lights, heaters, fans and more.

GENERAC

For over 50 years, Generac has been making residential standby generators. Today it also makes portable and industrial generators, fully automatic transfer switches and accessories for backup power applications. Consumers can choose from multiple fuel types for their generators and many different series and models based on their specific needs.

KOHLER

Kohler can trace its roots back to 1873 making cast iron castings. Today, along with plumbing fixtures, engines and furniture, it manufactures multiple models of industrial, home, portable, mobile and marine generators. Kohler generators can be fueled by natural gas or diesel and can be used to power anything from campers, boats and RVs, to large businesses and data centers.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: consumeraffairs.com

Generac Commercial Generators are an Investment in Business

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 06, 2019

Enjoy the benefits of backup power for your business with Generac's commercial generators.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Printing Companies can Rely on Industrial Generators for Reliable Backup Power

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 22, 2019
South Shore Generators - Back Up Power for Data Centers

When you’re running a business, power concerns are always in the back of your mind. To protect themselves from utility outages or curtailments during times of peak demand, many commercial and industrial enterprises have invested in standby power. For companies with manufacturing processes that cannot be interrupted, or those with production deadlines, it is essential to keep operating, even when utility power is interrupted or unavailable.

For example, printers, full service commercial web printing facilities, and high volume operations that specialize in books, catalogs, directories, magazines, and newspapers need operational facilities. Many have their office, pre-press, manufacturing, shipping, and receiving functions all located under one roof.

Time sensitive printing projects are a primary concern. Power disruptions that stop the production process could be devastating — not only disappointing the company’s customers, but also wreaking havoc with the work schedule and job flow within the plant. To ensure that the pre-press, printing, collating, binding, and shipping operations continue without interruption, printers can invest in a 600 kilowatt diesel generator set from Generac Power Systems.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: generac.com

Choosing a Commercial Generator? Selecting the Best Fuel Option

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 15, 2019

Diesel, Natural Gas, Dual-Fuel, Bi-Fuel: How Do I Choose?

Diesel generators are the established standard for power generators, however several options are emerging to address issues such as smart grids, grid reliability, and environmental regulations. Fuel prices, supply, and maintenance are key factors in life cycle costs and reliability for power generation.

Several factors favor the use of gaseous fuels :

  • Relative fuel prices between 15 ppm ultra-low sulfur diesel and natural gas widening
  • Forecasts of domestic natural gas availability extremely robust
  • Energy and environmental policies now incorporate Full Fuel Cycle analysis, bolstering gaseous fuels
  • Life cycle costs for gaseous generating sets are improving, including power density (first cost), fuel economy and maintenance costs

While these gaseous fuel options are not viable for Critical Operations Power Systems (NFPA 70 Article 708), natural gas, dual-fuel or bi-fuel generator equipment can provide advantages in reliability and life cycle costs for many backup power applications.


For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: generac.com

Portable Generators Can Save Small Business Owners Time and Money

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 10, 2019
South Shore Generator - Portable Generator

Challenging weather can shut down restaurants, banks, gas stations, and grocery stores for prolonged periods of time. When these businesses have to close their doors-even for a day-their owners can lose big, in both sales and reputation.

A survey conducted by the Electric Power Research Institute estimates the total cost of power outages from 985 industrial and digital economy firms to be between $132 and $209 billion.

With this in mind, many of today’s business owners are opting to research and invest in their own backup power systems, doing all they can to keep their doors open when disaster strikes and grid power fails.

When business owners decide to implement an emergency backup power system, they have some very important choices to make before determining what type of backup power solution they should select. Should they purchase and install a permanent generator and automatic transfer switch (ATS), which automatically turns on when power goes out? Or should they rent a portable generator and connect it to a manual transfer switch (MTS) when an extended outage occurs or is imminent?

An MTS solution can provide significant savings for small businesses compared to an ATS, while protecting business owners from the consequences incurred by an outage. Business owners can save so much money by going with a portable generator and MTS setup. For many small businesses, the MTS and portable generator is simply the better choice.

Some facilities, such as hospitals and data centers, can’t afford to be without power for any period of time and therefore require a permanent generator and ATS. However, many businesses can afford to be without power for a short period.

If you are a bank, a gas station, or a large box store, you can afford to be down for 20 min, 30 min, or 1 hr. You can modify your operations to work through the time it takes to wheel a portable generator in place. hook it up, and do the actual transfer. Both an MTS and ATS have their applications. But for many small businesses, we contend that it makes financial sense for many of them to choose an MTS and portable generator solution.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: csemag.com

Industrial Generators Built to Withstand Hurricanes

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 01, 2019
South Shore Generator - KOLHER Industrial Gas Generator

KOHLER has you covered with factory-direct impact- and wind-rated generator enclosures.

Accessories Enclosures are designed to cover and protect the generator from outside elements, animal intrusion, and unwanted entry

STANDARD FEATURES

  • Kohler offers Sound and Weather enclosures
  • Sound enclosures feature UL 94HF1 flammability classification and have options for Level 1 and Level 2 Sound Enclosures
  • Aluminum and Steel enclosures are available consult the specification sheets for more details
  • Approvals and Listings may include: UL2200 Listing, cUL Listing , CSA Certified, IBC Seismic Certification, and California OSHPD Pre-Approval (Please see specification sheets for details)

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • Complete enclosure testing by Florida Professional Engineer (PE)
  • Large Missile Impact Level E [Florida Building Code (FBC) TAS-201-94] testing
  • Uniform Static Air Pressure (FBC TAS-202-94) testing
  • Cyclic Wind Pressure Loading (FBC TAS-203-94) testing
  • Ultimate Design Pressure – Wall Panels ±65PSF; Ultimate Design Pressure – Roof Panels ±100PSF testing

RECOMMENDATION

For any outdoor generator installation.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

Source: kohlerpower.com

What Every Small Business Owner Should Know about Commercial Generators

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 25, 2019
South Shore Generators - Generac Industrial Generators

When storms and other natural disasters strike, small businesses are especially vulnerable to power outages. While larger companies may have multiple locations that can pick up the slack while operations at one site shut down, the same is usually not true for the typical small business.

As a result, small business owners should take every available precaution to protect themselves. In fact, failure to plan for a power outage could result in a loss of business, inability to communicate with customers or clients, temporary or even long-term closure, and loss of inventory.

Companies can combat these potential issues by obtaining a generator, which will help restore electricity in the event that power goes out. Regardless of whether you're a one-man show or a rapidly growing small business with numerous employees, having a generator onsite can help avoid the pitfalls that might otherwise ensue in the event of a power outage. The information below outlines some basic information all small business owners should consider when determining whether to purchase a generator.

Different kinds of generators

Two basic varieties of generators are available on the market. Automatic, or standby, generators are permanently connected to a building's electrical system. When the power shuts down, those generators automatically detect the problem and restore power to the building. On the other hand, portable, or backup, generators run on gasoline or diesel and have to be manually installed once a power outage occurs. While automatic generators require little or no work for the business owner, portable generators are typically less expensive.

Safety first

When it comes to generators, safety should be the first priority. Portable generators often emit potentially harmful levels of carbon monoxide. Therefore, they should never be placed indoors when operational. Instead, most manufacturers and industry experts recommend placing standby generators outside at least ten feet from the building it is servicing. That reduces the possibility that harmful emissions will enter the building through windows, doors, or other openings. However, as an extra precaution, management should ensure that buildings are equipped with operational carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. In addition, use heavy-duty, grounded extension cords that are designed for outdoor use. Never refuel gas-powered generators while they are running. In fact, it's best to let the generator cool off completely before refueling to avoid a fire or explosion.

Capacity

Before making a purchase, discuss your energy needs with a company representative or salesperson. A typical generator cannot harness enough wattage to power an entire commercial building. Therefore, focus on what your main priorities will be in the event of a power outage and ensure that the model you select can satisfy your needs.

Properly operating a generator

First and foremost, you should always operate a generator according to the manufacturer's instructions. Consulting local building codes may also be necessary depending on the kind of generator you select. And never be shy about asking questions of the retailer or a licensed electrician. It's much better to get all the information upfront rather than scrambling to find answers in an emergency situation.

To minimize potential operational problems, generators should be tested periodically. Again, don't wait until you're in a bind and actually need the generator to find out that it isn't working properly. In addition, take great care not to overload a generator, as that could cause a fire or damage appliances.

Noise

Unfortunately, noise is a normal byproduct of generator use. And some models are particularly loud. Therefore, operate the generator only when necessary to avoid disturbing neighbors. Automatic standby generators are generally quieter than portable models.

Conservation

Operating a generator only when necessary is important. If no power is needed at a given moment, make sure to turn off the generator to avoid waste. Also, keep in mind less expensive alternatives to running a generator. For example, in certain circumstances, battery-powered lights might work just as well as light fixtures fueled by a generator.

A generator may not be a foolproof solution to keeping your small business going during a power outage. However, generators can be helpful in minimizing the problems that going off grid can cause.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

source: triplepundit.com


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