September 10, 2021

Power Failures: Preparing Your Business for Grid Failures

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The Inevitable Nature of Power Failures

Every residence and commercial building connected to the power grid is subject to outages. In fact, little power failures happen all the time in any high-demand area. Rolling brownouts and blackouts are a familiar part of modern life when demand in the heat of summer or chill of winter exceeds power production. Storms and accidents can knock out power infrastructure. Even a lost mylar birthday balloon can wipe out power for hundreds over several hours.

So the question is not if your business will see a power outage, but when and for how long. Is your equipment prepared to deal with brief power outages, or will a day of rolling brownouts require constant resetting? Is your equipment surge-protected? And most importantly, do you have a business continuity plan if the power goes out for more than a few minutes in a day?

 

Plan For Electric Business Continuity

  • Know your building power system requirements and limitations
  • Research the best type of backup generator for your building
  • Determine if you will purchase a generator or lease one as-needed
  • Plan for short-term and long-term power outages

Your business continuity depends on the power of your building. Whether you are a cloud services provider or an industrial manufacturer, staying online is essential to completing your work processes, protecting your products, and providing for your clients. Power interruptions, especially long-duration outages, are simply not an option.

Build a plan that you can implement with every local outage. Every business needs that red-folder stack of emergency protocols, and power outages are common enough to make your plans truly worthwhile. With a business continuity plan ready to go, you will be able to act swiftly and - in many cases - completely avoid interruption or damage caused by future power failures.

 

Install a UPS System for Business Continuity During Brief Outages

No, not the shipping provider. In tech, UPS stands for an Uninterruptible Power Supply. This is a power bank with a battery that can provide some backup power to essential systems if the power goes out for a few seconds to a few minutes. They are surge-protecting power strips that ensure that if your city is subject to regular power blips and rolling brownouts that no work is lost and your team stays online.

While a UPS may only provide backup power for a few minutes, they are essential to business continuity on the modern power grid.

 

Emergency Power Strategy and Backup Generators

What happens if your building experiences power failure for more than a few minutes? Let's say a storm damages your local substation and the whole block is out for hours, maybe days, during repairs. How do you keep your business from coming to a standstill, leaving customers unable to get in touch and employees unable to work? Industrial businesses may even need to protect their equipment from unpredicted power outages, and protect product batches from the damage of an interrupted process.

Purchase & Install a Backup Generator

The answer is an emergency power solution. In many cities, especially those subject to deep snow and harsh storm seasons, it's common to have a backup generator in the basement that can be fired up in the time it takes your UPSs to run dry. Emergency generators can be connected to kick on immediately after the power goes out - as in hospitals where power loss can be a life or death matter.

Lease or Emergency Book a Generator

If you don't want to install and maintain your own backup generator, you can also contract with a local generator provider to lease a generator in a power emergency. These services often create a disaster plan and a list of businesses that will receive generator deliveries if their power goes out for an extended period.

 

Building Your Business Continuity Plan for Power Failure

Power outages are a natural part of modern business, the grid has never been 100% reliable. This means every practical business should have a continuity plan ready to implement when the power goes out. From UPS protection against power blips & surges to backup generate arrangements when the power really goes out, our team is ready to help you plan and implement your emergency power system.