As we recover from a difficult year of 2020, have you put much thought in 2021 and what it might bring? Hurricane season occurs from June to November – meaning it starts now.
Do you know in 2020, for the second time in history, we officially exhausted the 21-name Atlantic hurricane list? After a record year for hurricanes, we had to turn to the Greek alphabet for the remainder of the season, extending it through the ninth name on the list: Iota. 2020 also marked the 10th consecutive year with eight or more billion-dollar disasters caused by hurricanes.*
The comparison of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy to 2011’s Irene 2011 aftermath in relation to the devastation of electric infrastructure was significant. Following Hurricane Sandy, utilities had restored power to 95 percent of affected customers 10 days after outages peaked compared with 5 days following Irene.
Energy impacts of Hurricane Irene vs. Hurricane Sandy
- Electric customer outages from Hurricane Irene: 6.69 million
- Electric customer outages from Hurricane Sandy: 8.66 million
- Petroleum Refining Capacity Shut (barrels per day): 238,000
- Petroleum Product Terminals Shut: 57
Knowing that your standby generator is “Hurricane Ready” and able to provide power to your facility is important – not only to keep vital production consistent but to keep all ancillary equipment at an adequate pumping capacity in case of flooding. Restoring production after power outages from hurricanes or other weather related incidents can be costly both in waste and safety. Remember, you might be out of power for more than a few hours or you could be out for a few days depending on your power distribution location.
Prepare your Systems Now for Hurricane Season
Allow POLARIS Laboratories ® to partner with you to prepare your standby generators, systems, equipment and fluids like oil, coolant and fuel to ensure your equipment is ready to start and run when you need it.
Contact us to start your fluid analysis program and begin preparing for these disasters now.
Proven Impact. Proven Uptime. Proven Savings.
Let us prove it to you.
Published June 16, 2021