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Contingency Planning | Are You Prepared for the Unexpected?

The lights are out, the telephones disabled and businesses are shut down. People need food, water, heat and medical attention. What is your plan to get the power back up? Any major storm or flood can result in severe damage. And Hawthorne Power Systems will be there to help get you back up and running as soon as possible. We recommend every customer be prepared for unplanned power emergency scenarios in which even backup power systems fail. Your contingency planning should include rental power equipment sized in the same manner as your permanent backup power systems to ensure you have the power you need when you need it most.

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Tips for Your Contingency Planning

Know Your Location. Space must be available for parking the rental generator set outside buildings. If a facility has a large power requirement but lacks space to install a large power module (up to 8 feet wide by 40 feet long – or 2.5 meters wide by 12 meters long), two or more smaller units will perform just as efficiently.

Determine Your Accessory Requirements in Advance. Cable is necessary to connect the generator sets to the building’s electrical system. Transformers, load banks, bus bars, distribution panels, feeder plants, fuses, outlets, load centers and other accessories may also be needed. Always plan for extra cable to ensure you have enough during the emergency event.

Plan Ahead for Fuel Shortages. During an emergency, fuel supplies and delivery may be sporadic. A fuel tank with capacity for at least 24 hours of runtime is advisable.

Create an Emergency Staffing Team. If on-staff personnel are not experienced with power generation equipment, it may be necessary to arrange for professional assistance to install and operate the rental generator sets. Contact your Hawthorne Power Systems representative to help you develop your staffing and equipment plan.

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Paul Karpf
Rental and Load Bank General Manager
858.376.6888 office
858.688.0039 mobile

Bobby Fields
Rental Developer
858.376.6889 office
808.368.5445 mobile

Tim Chatfield
Rental Sales Manager
808.676.0279 office
808.754.8709 mobile

671.649.4249 office