Sprucing up your yard this spring? Consider hurricane-proofing!

As winter’s chill gives way to spring, many Americans take to their patios, yards and gardens to spruce things up. Before breaking out the lawn chairs, however, spring cleaners should keep in mind the potential for severe weather ahead. Hurricane season is just around the corner. Some up front work now can save valuable time and mitigate potential damage should a storm strike.

Check out these 10 tips from Cummins disaster prep expert and meteorologist Cheryl Nelson.

1. Have a shed or other secure storage location close by to store lightweight deck furniture in the event of high winds. 

2. Make sure you have a backup plan for outdoor animals, including a way to trap and transport them if you have to evacuate.

3. Identify a place high off the ground and away from your home where you can store chemicals or potentially explosive objects like propane tanks or fertilizers.

4. Consider getting your home evaluated for a home standby generator to provide your family with constant power in case of an outage.

5. Evaluate the health of trees near your house and trim any branches that could fall onto your house in high winds.

6. Make sure your gutters are free of debris. 

7. While you’re on the roof, check for loose shingles or chimneys in need of repair. 

8. Check your yard for long-standing puddles or drainage issues and repair them or consult a professional on how to improve the flow of water through your yard and away from your home.

9. When possible, use mulch or wood chips for landscaping instead of gravel or other materials that could cause damage if picked up by high winds. 

10. Check your storm shutters or window storm-proofing for repairs and make sure they’re within easy reach. If you don’t have a way to cover your windows during high winds, ask your local hardware store for tips. 

2017 was one of the most active hurricane seasons in recent history with 17 named storms including two major hurricanes that left more than 8 million people without power. With early forecasts calling for another active hurricane season in 2018, it’s never too soon to start preparing your yard, your home and your family for severe storms. Follow our blog for more tips throughout the season and click here for more information on how a home standby generator could help you keep the lights on in case of a black out this summer storm season. 

Cheryl Nelson, Certified Broadcast Meteorologist

Cheryl Nelson

Cheryl Nelson is an Emmy-nominated and AP award-winning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, TV Host, FEMA-Certified Instructor and Weather and Preparedness Advisor for Cummins. You can visit Cheryl’s website at www.CherylNelson.net and follow her on Twitter and Facebook @CherylNelsonTV. 

‘Urban Oasis’ in Paraguay Backed by Cummins Power

Cummins Paraguay Sales Representative Gerardo Gundersheimer (left) meets with Jade Park project managers.
Cummins Paraguay Sales Representative Gerardo Gundersheimer (left) meets with Jade Park project managers.

Three luxury towers of varying topography house 122 residential units over an 18,000-square-meter natural park reserve. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide endless views of the cityscape, and penthouses enjoy panoramic views of the park, the river and the city below with large terraces, grills and pools.

This is Jade Park, an “urban oasis” in Asunción, Paraguay, and a continuation of the Jade residences in southern Florida from real estate firm Fortune International Group. Jade Park is also the first building in Paraguay with the internationally recognized style of Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott. Cummins Latin America supplied three generator sets (models C1000D5B, C1400D5, C1675D5) to be used as backup power, thus ensuring continuous, stable power for residents and visitors of the complex.

Throughout the 1970s Ott worked on major development projects in the U.S., Costa Rica, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. He rose to international fame in 1983, when he won the design competition for the Opera de la Bastille in Paris, a project that commemorated the 200-year anniversary of the French Revolution. This opened the door to many other competitions and accomplishments all over the world for years to come.

The city of Asunción was chosen by Fortune International Group for the first Jade building in Latin America, in partnership with Jiménez Gaona y Lima, the leading construction company in Paraguay.

Whereas the customer had a long history of working with another generator set supplier, Cummins demonstrated its leadership early on, thus gaining the business opportunity over the incumbent supplier. “We started working with the engineers in charge of design and construction,” said Power Generation Sales Manager Patricia Gabriela Miracle. “This enabled us to be considered as a partner that wanted to give them the best solution. So, they opened the doors to us and this drove us to get the project.”

Cummins demonstrated to Jade Park that it had the ability to provide a high-performance power system together with professional sales and service support at a cost-effective price. Local service was key, along with the brand reputation and The Power of One™ offered by Cummins as a complete power solution provider. 

For more information, visit cummins.com/generators.

 

Fabiana Menezes

Fabiana is the Corporate Communications Specialist for Cummins Power Systems Latin America. She graduated in Journalism and has pursued a career in Corporate Communications with ten years' experience at multinational companies from different sectors. She joined the company in February, 2018. 

Quick Tips to Winter-Proof Your Home

Quick Tips to Winter-Proof Your Home

With a “teeth-chattering” cold winter on the horizon1, Emmy-nominated and AP award-winning Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, Cheryl Nelson, provides some tips in the YouTube video below on how to prepare you and your family for cold weather, including snow and ice.

And in her latest blog post, Angel Piontek, Associate Broker and Vice President of Marketing at Coldwell Banker Elite in Fredericksburg, Virgina, outlines seven ways to winterize your home, to reduce energy costs and prevent costly damage. 

Angel's suggestions range from quick, low-cost DIY tasks like redirecting your air ducts to more time-intensive, long-term investments like installing a home standby generator.  

Unlike a portable generator, a home standby generator turns on the moment an outage strikes, even when you’re away from home, ensuring vital appliances and security systems stay on. This means you don’t have to worry about food spoiling, a flooded basement from an inoperative sump pump, or even leaving your home vulnerable to break-ins due to an offline security system. 

Check out Angel’s article for tips on winter-proofing your home before the temperature drops, and visit homegenerators.cummins.com for additional weather preparedness advice for any season and to learn more about home standby generators, from the in-home assessment through to installation

Read more: Angel Piontek - "Seven Ways To Winterproof Your Home"

1. Source: 2019 Farmer's Almanac Winter Outlook

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Could Your Small Business Survive the Aftermath of a Natural Disaster?

Business Continuity Plan During a Natural Disaster

Of small businesses affected by natural disasters, 61 percent suffered revenues losses up to $25,000, and 35 percent suffered losses totaling more than $25,000. Even worse, 40 percent of small businesses never reopen after a natural disaster strikes. 

In the wake of another active hurricane season causing power outages affecting thousands of homes and businesses, now is the time to evaluate your plan for a disasters, especially those that create long-lasting power outages and can cost a business thousands of dollars in downtime and damage. You simply cannot afford to leave the fate of your business up to chance.

Create a Business Continuity Plan

Whether you operate a small business inside or outside your home, the first thing you want to do is create a business continuity plan, considering the following:

  • Where you will work if you need to evacuate
  • How you will communicate with employees, customers and vendors
  • How you will run your business if the power goes out for an extensive time period

Mitigate Damage from a Natural Disaster

To help mitigate damage, small business owners should:

  • Create a Communication Plan. Ensure you have a plan in place to communicate with employees and customers. This can include alternate phone numbers and email addresses or setting up a group communication vehicle such as Slack or WhatsApp.
  • Digitize Critical Documents. Back up important files to the cloud, and digitize critical paper documents such as leases and contracts and store on a hard drive off-site.
  • Get an Emergency Cash Supply. Keep cash on hand in case online banking or ATMs are temporarily down.
  • Find a Remote Business Location. Determine if you can run your business from a remote location such as your home and set up a plan for moving critical operations there. 
  • Check Your Insurance Policies. Review your insurance policies regularly and make sure you know what they cover and when they go into effect. Policies such as flood insurance can take up to 30 days from purchase to be applicable. Insurance companies can also offer customized policies based on the type of business you run.
  • Make a Plan for Backup Power. Build a back-up plan to protect your power supply if your business involves perishable goods, data, security, or medical services. A standby generator turns on the minute a power outage occurs, helping to minimize downtime and inventory loss. 

You may not be able to prevent the next natural disaster, but putting together a comprehensive emergency plan will help minimize downtime and get you back in business sooner. 

If you are a small business owner that suffered damage from the recent hurricanes, the Small Business Administration offers low-interest loans to help you get back to business; visit https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance for more information. 

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Preparing Your Home For An Extended Vacation: Household To-Dos Before Hitting the Road

Preparing Your Home For An Extended Vacation: Household To-Dos Before Hitting the Road

When a power outage strikes while you’re at home, you could face up to 81 minutes of silence, inconvenience and disconnection from the digital world.1

People choose to fill this time in a variety of ways – in fact, respondents in a 2016 survey conducted by Cummins revealed they would pass the time by napping, playing games, reading, connecting with someone special, or simply enjoying the quiet. 

But what happens if you’re away from home? You may not even be aware your home has lost power, sending vital appliances and security systems offline. Food may spoil in the refrigerator, irrigation systems will stop watering the lawn, automatic timers will stop turning on and off the lights that are making your home look occupied.

There are numerous tips available online to determine if you experienced a power outage during your time away from home. If you travel frequently, your best bet is a home standby generator that powers on automatically, the moment an outage strikes. 

Getting ready to head out of town? In her first blog post for Cummins, Donna Hull share tips for preparing your home for an extended vacation. Donna writes about active travel for Baby Boomers on her award-winning blog, My Itchy Travel Feet, The Baby Boomers Guide to Travel. Her favorite travel experiences include hiking in U.S. National Parks and exploring the world on small ship luxury cruises. She knows a thing or two about preparing your home for vacation.

Vacation is a time to relax and recharge. Ease your mind while you’re away and use Donna’s tips for preparing your home for an extended vacation. Then take a trip over to homegenerators.cummins.com to learn more about home standby generators, from the in-home assessment through to installation.

Read More: My Itchy Travel Feet - "17 Tips for Preparing Your Home for an Extended Vacation

1. Average outage duration as reported by Eaton’s 2017 Annual Power Outage Report

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Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

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