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LESSONS OF HURRICANE IKE



WHAT TEXAS COASTAL RESIDENTS DISCOVERED THE HARD WAY:


YES, THERE WAS A SHORTAGE OF GENERATORS:

As you might already be aware, in the wake of Ike there was a major shortage of emergency generators. People in affected locations waited in lines for hours, sometimes from dawn to dusk, for the chance to purchase one of the precious available machines; most were destined to discover, despite their perseverance, that there were not enough generators to go around. The vast majority were turned away disappointed, their hands empty.

It was not just the brick and mortar retail outlets in impacted areas which ran low on emergency supplies. Supplies in the warehouses of internet retailers, even generator manufacturers, were depleted within days, at times within hours, after Ike greeted the shore.


GENERATORS NOT THE ONLY SCARCE EMERGENCY SUPPLIES:

Obtaining a generator would prove to be only part of the problem for Texas coastal residents. What many discovered was that, having sweated and sacrificed to garner the coveted generator, if they did not already have fuel reserves to run it on, it was next to useless.

The fuel stations which remained open and operating quickly sold out of available supplies of gas and diesel. Hurricane damage closed other stations completely. With traffic at a standstill, replenishing supplies of anything was impossible.

So you know about generators and fuel. There were plenty of other shortages that cropped up. Fuel containers, for instance, immediately became as precious to area residents as platinum.

We have heard through the grapevine that engine oil, pouring implements, flashlights and batteries, and paper towel rolls(and anything else that could potentially serve as a cleaning rag) were worth their weight to people in diamonds.


THE VERDICT:

Obviously we believe that obtaining an emergency generator in advance of trouble or catastrophe makes sense for any coastal resident. And if you have an emergency generator, getting ultimate use out of it also means being ready with fuel and oil reserves to last a week or more. Keep in mind that some Texas residents harassed by Ike were without electric power for up to two weeks, or longer!


HOW TRI-FUEL GENERATOR CAN BE IDEAL ANSWER TO PREPAREDNESS:

A tri-fuel generator, one which is able to run on gasoline, propane, or natural gas, can be a super choice for those interested in maximum emergency preparedness.

In an emergency, NATURAL GAS from a home gas line can provide you an unlimited power source. Gone are the worries that fuel reserves will last the duration of an electricity loss.

However during certain natural disasters or emergencies, natural gas lines may be damaged and necessarily shut down, leaving you no alternative but to use standard fuel sources. The ability for your generator to run on PROPANE, in addition to gasoline, offers several advantages.

It limits the amount of gasoline that needs to be stored for emergency use. Propane is cleaner and safer to store than standard fuel, gasoline or diesel! Propane comes in tanks and, in many areas, can be home delivered. Propane has a better natural shelf life than gasoline or diesel. It has a better shelf life than gasoline or diesel treated with a stabilizer!

And finally, burning propane reduces the need for other of the scarce emergency supplies we listed above. Reduction in the number of necessary fuel containers, gas cans and the like, is clear. Propane use will also limit the number of pouring implements and cleanup articles you will need!

The CHOICE is easy. For those interested in maximum emergency preparedness, for those desiring top flexibility in emergency situations, a tri-fuel generator makes perfect sense.

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T-Rex Generators distributes products from many different standby and portable generator manufacturers at substantially discounted prices. These represented companies include: Asco automatic transfer switches, Briggs & Stratton generators, Winco generators, Generac Generators, GenTran transfer switches, Reliance Controls Transfer Switches, and Zenith automatic transfer switches. T-Rex also carries Honda powered generators which have the same time-tested Honda engines as the substantially more expensive Honda generator brand units.