Generator Set Emergency Power Plan

Generator backup emergency power plan

How to Develop an Emergency Power Plan

Keep Calm. Stay on.    Emergency Power.

75% of businesses without a emergency power plan fail within three years of a disaster. Two out of five of those businesses never resume operations. Backup generator plans can make a difference.

It doesn’t have to be a major event or even a direct hit to put you out of business. Blackouts, planned or emergency shutdowns can put your operations on hold.

Contact your rental power representative to schedule an appointment to develop your FREE customized contingency plan to provide emergency power when needed.

Step 1: Determine Your Electrical Load

First, consider your load. During an outage, there are several ways to restore power. You can provide it for the entire facility, critical loads, or loads you prioritize as crucial to your operation.

Entire Facility: This is the most effective way to ensure seamless and safe operation of your facility during a power outage.

Critical Loads: Typically backed up by permanent generators or UPS systems, these are ones you can’t afford to lose. Depending on the length of the outage the back-ups may be sufficient but may not be enough to sustain a prolonged power outage.

Priority Power: It is important to prioritize your individual loads. While every facility is different, start by predicting potential profits lost or problems without a particular piece of equipment. Thinking this way helps categorize your equipment by importance. From there you can recognize the minimum emergency power needs to sustain business.

Step 2: Know the Ins and Outs of Your Facility

Prepare for a possible power outage by understanding the needs of your facility. You can start with these emergency power considerations:

Do you have an electrical termination plan to connect the generators?
Power cables must be used to connect the generator to your termination point, which may include transformers; load banks; bus bars; distribution panels; feeder plants; fuses, outlets and load centers, etc. Therefore, you could have dozens of cables depending on your load requirements.

How will you get cable from the generator sets outside your building to electrical distribution boxes inside?
Consider installing a “Generator Quick Connect Panel” on the outside wall of your facility. This box will make connecting the rental generator quick and safe. You could also consider putting and “Access Panel” for cabling through the wall of your facility. Then, you won’t need to route cable through windows and doors that should remain closed during off-hours or inclement weather. Do you have a plan for extended use of the generator?

Generator sets come with a set amount of fuel on board. So, you’ll need to ensure you have a refueling plan and/or an auxiliary fuel tank for extra capacity. Check with your supplier to see the available options.

Step 3: Find a Trusted Supplier

Your rental generator sets are only as reliable as the supplier who backs them. So, in planning for temporary power, find a rental power supplier that has the equipment you need and the staff qualified to solve your problems and service the units.

The supplier should be willing to deliver the rental power generator sets and, in some cases, additional equipment including power cable, transformers and more. Suppliers should also train local personnel in the equipment operation or, if necessary, provide staff for operation, service and maintenance. Any backup generator power plan must include any necessary training.

Step 4: Identify Emergency Personnel and Conduct a Dry Run

Finally, prepare a list of key contacts that will be responsible for carrying out your plan in an emergency. Make sure your team members have easy access to the list and can make updates to it.  Additionally, have a plan for redundancy in each of the key contacts with multiple contact numbers.

Then, once you’ve chosen the appropriate backup generator or emergency equipment, and roles have been defined for staff members, try your plan under pressure.  As a result, everyone will understand what to do in an actual power outage.

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