September 13, 2018
Hurricane Florence – Other Storms Prompt Residents & Businesses to Find Emergency Power Options
Norwall PowerSystems, a leading online retailer of emergency and portable generators, responded to increasing demand as the Atlantic Hurricane Season reaches its peak in mid-September by increasing their inventory of home and commercial standby generators and portable generators. Early reports of a possible landfall by fueled additional sales in the East Coast region. Norwall () boosted inventory to keep up with demand.
Hurricanes and Tropical Storms cause widespread extended power outages that last for days or weeks. After Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, many residents without power waited weeks and some for over a month before utility crews completed repairs and restored power to the region. Without electrical power, residents lose precious supplies of perishable food and endure heat with high humidity, or lack heating in their homes to stay warm. Norwall plans to meet the increased demand by adding more to their inventory.
According to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA,) , including two major hurricanes that made landfall in the United States, left millions without power for days. The catastrophic flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey had residents stranded without power for more than a week. Hurricane Maria destroyed the power grid in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.
“We always see an increase in sales around weather disasters that cause a loss of power,” said Travis LaVallie at Norwall. “Generator manufacturers have increased their delivery times. To meet demand, we increased inventory at our existing warehouses and began using another warehouse that previously sat empty.”
In the days just before and after a major storm like Hurricane Florence, local retailers sell out their stock of portable generators as residents scramble to prepare and react to the storm. Norwall can typically deliver within a few days of receiving an order. The company advises generator users to follow important , which include never operating a generator indoors.
The company also keeps for larger homes and for small to large homes. Backup generators are better suited to power outages because they run automatically and operate on natural gas or propane instead of gasoline—sometimes hard to find just before and after a disaster. They start the moment a power outage occurs and can operate independently for days and weeks without refueling. A home backup generator eliminates concerns of theft and operates in any weather, including hurricanes.
Norwall manages their inventory to allow shipment within a day or two after receiving an order.
About Norwall PowerSystems
Norwall PowerSystems, established in 1997 to specialize in the sale of emergency backup power generators and associated equipment, stocks 1,000s of standby generators, portable generators, automatic transfer switches and replacement parts in multiple warehouses throughout the US. With over 55 years of combined experience in the electrical and power plant arenas, sales staff provide courteous and knowledgeable service to customers by listening, taking notes, and providing information in a timely manner. Regular, factory-sponsored training keeps staff up to date on new products. After 20 years in business, Norwall has shipped over 200,000 generators.
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