Before Power Disruption: How to Plan Ahead

Only when faced with a power loss, does the extent to which a company's dependence on electric power, become apparent. Every company is vulnerable to an accident that can interrupt business. Without power, operations are paralyzed, business stops, and a company can be left incurring huge losses in revenue and production time.

Power disruption can result from: natural causes, such as weather; technological failures involving equipment or wiring malfunctions; and human error.

These issues create a myriad of problems for a company, including:

  • Loss of critical data
  • Dropped sales or service calls
  • Damage to manufacturing equipment
  • Loss of product or a batch of materials
  • Environmental safety risks
  • Legal liabilities resulting from service lapses

A company unprepared for power failure is exposed to potentially crippling losses that could have been easily avoided by planning ahead. With a crisis plan in place, a company establishes a quick response strategy to call upon in a power emergency.

Time Is Everything in an Emergency

When a company is unprepared for power disruption, valuable time is wasted determining the problem and finding a solution. The following examples are common reasons that will delay a company's quick response to a loss in power.

  • No knowledge of how a system responds to power disruption.
  • No knowledge of a system's load requirements or what size generator or type of ancillary equipment is needed to fix the problem.
  • Contact information for vendors and suppliers is not readily available.
  • No established credit with power suppliers, fuel vendors, or trucking companies – or credit is established with only one supplier, vendor, or trucking company and what you need is not available. That is, you have put all your eggs in one basket.
  • Rental suppliers and/or fuel vendors who do not provide delivery during the night or on the holidays.
  • No knowledge of how to properly place the generator set and ancillary equipment, so that it meets health, government, and environmental codes.
  • No knowledge of how to install or operate power generation equipment.

Money and time will be saved by planning ahead and knowing who to turn to when power is disrupted. Even if a company has invested in a standby power system, a contingency plan should also include rental power in case of unexpected outage/failure.