Electric power is typically an important utility. Overhead wires are likely to be damaged by high winds; however the survival of concrete poles may facilitate service restoration. In the interim, emergency power sources can be provided to carry critical loads.

Fuels can be critical to maintain processing of molten material. Water may be critical to operating a hotel or bottling plant. Refrigeration may be a critical utility to maintain freezers and coolers at appropriate temperatures.

Negative Positive
Overhead electric wires. Use of wooden poles. Underground distribution of power from the electric utility.
Fuel storage tanks that are not secured to resist buoyancy. Emergency power supplies to support critical loads during the anticipated power outage.
No emergency power to carry critical loads for the duration of anticipated power outage. Back-up supply of water for critical processes should normal water supplies be interrupted.
Industries that are sensitive to loss of utilities (e.g. furnaces, hot machinery, frozen food storage, bakeries etc). Not sensitive to loss of utilities: no hot or cold machinery or stock that is sensitive to heat, cold, loss of water etc.

  • Provide an emergency generator sized to carry critical loads during the interruption of normal power. Include a fuel supply sized to support critical loads until fuel deliveries can be resumed following a storm.
  • Verify that all critical loads are connected to the emergency power system. This includes life safety systems such as fire pumps and fire alarm systems. In addition, critical loads such as refrigeration systems and HVAC systems needed to maintain controlled environments.
  • Secure all fuel storage tanks to resist buoyancy.