The ABCs for Preparing School-Aged Children for Severe Weather

As summer comes to a close, children around the country begin a new school year armed with a new backpack stocked with school supplies. You’ve prepared your children with the supplies they need to learn, but are they prepared should severe weather strike?


Being prepared for severe weather can help keep children safe and comforted during a storm or power outage.

Severe weather is a threat across the country. In late August, Hurricane Lane brought over four feet of rain to Hawaii, resulting in power outages across many of the islands. After an active 2017 hurricane season, the Southeast is on high alert as we enter peak hurricane season, at the same time snow is starting to fall in other parts of the country (we’re talking about you Montana!) 

September is National Preparedness Month, making it the ideal time create a disaster prep kit for your children. Cummins Weather and Preparedness Advisor Cheryl Nelson, a FEMA-certified disaster preparedness expert, recommends the ABCs – an Action Plan, Basics and Creature Comforts.

A is for Action Plan

  • Designate a meeting place in the event your family is separated
  • Create an emergency card including your child’s medical information and a list of contacts including parents and approved caregivers if you are separated from your child
  • Make sure all family members are familiar with the action plan

B is for Basics

  • Small, waterproof flashlight with extra batteries
  • Mini first aid kit
  • Personal hygiene supplies, including shampoo, body wash, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand wipes and sanitizer 
  • Long-lasting snacks like trail mix, granola bars and fruit snacks
  • Bottled water (your household emergency kit should include one gallon per person for three days)
  • Small, brightly colored backpack marked with reflective tape to store your child’s emergency supplies

C is for Creature Comforts 

  • Your children will appreciate the additional comfort the following items can provide during a disaster:  
  • Extra pair of socks (and shoes if possible)
  • Sweat suit that can double as pajamas
  • Disposable rain poncho
  • $10 in small bills 
  • Small notebook and crayons
  • Activity kit
  • A favorite blanket or stuffed animal

Make sure your child also knows where their kit is in case a friend, relative or caregiver is with them when disaster strikes. For more prep tips for the entire family, visit homegenerator.cummins.com/weatherprep

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Cummins Inc.

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.

When it Comes to Severe Weather, Don't be Caught Unprepared

Disaster Preparation Checklist

The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active with three category 4 hurricanes making landfall, leaving millions of people without power and causing $265 billion in damage (NOAA). Winter brought little relief from inclement weather: snow pummeled the U.S. from October through April with a record four Nor’easters hitting in March. 

Despite the preparedness hype at the start of each hurricane season, a recent survey by Cummins* found most people (75%) still wished they had been more prepared for the storm. 52% wanted more food and water; 47% desired flashlights, batteries and phone chargers; and 66% wished they had back-up power for their home. 

Survey respondents endured significant inconveniences and financial setbacks as a result of weather-related power outages. More than 50% had to leave their homes, and those that stayed at a hotel -- for up to a week -- spent an average cost of $528. Additionally, 44.8% of homeowners suffered property damage, with an average cost of $3,743. View our infographic to learn more about the emotional and financial toll severe weather can have on people. 

So what can you do to stay ahead of the storm? 

Minimize the impact to you and your family by making a plan for severe weather. Cummins has partnered with meteorologist and FEMA-disaster preparedness expert Cheryl Nelson to help prepare you, your family and your home for severe weather. 

Here are three simple steps to prepare for severe weather:

     1.  Find out if you’re in a flood zone. If so, take immediate steps to get flood insurance, as policies typically take 30 days to go into effect. 

     2.  Prepare a disaster kit for each member of your household, including children and pets. Adults should keep a separate kit in their car and children should have an extra kit for school. At a minimum, your kit should include bottled water, non-perishable food items, a flashlight and medication. Check out our suggestions for additional safety and comfort items for each family member here. 

     3.  Weather is the leading-cause of power-outages in the U.S. (Eaton Blackout Tracker U.S. Annual Report 2017). Have a plan for backup power to ensure vital medical equipment and appliances like sump pumps stay on during a power outage. Unlike a portable generator, a home standby generator like Cummins Quiet Connect Series turns on automatically the moment an outage occurs.

For more tips, watch our video series and download our prep guide to keep handy if disaster strikes. 

*Cummins surveyed 1,000 Americans that suffered through a hurricane and subsequent power outage in 2017
 

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Cummins Inc.

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.

Data Centre Continuous Rating a Key Advantage

Consultants and engineers can design with confidence thanks to the DCC rating from Cummins – one of the few suppliers offering a DCC rating as standard.
Consultants and engineers can design with confidence thanks to the DCC rating from Cummins – one of the few suppliers offering a DCC rating as standard.

A key advantage of Cummins diesel generator sets for data-centre applications is that they boast a DCC rating from the Uptime Institute, which guarantees total dependability. This is a key criterion in such a niche but premium market segment, where reliable back-up power is critical, according to Robin Kuriakose, Power Generation Sales Leader for Southern Africa.

The Data Centre Continuous (DCC) rating means that the Cummins diesel generator sets are rated for unlimited hours of operation, with no restrictions on average variable or constant load factor. This spans Cummins’ range of high-horsepower diesel generator sets, from 400 kVA to 3 300 kVA, including Cummins’s ability to offer technical solutions regarding Tier I to Tier IV applications whilst maintaining our two-year standard warranty offering.

Consultants and engineers can design with the confidence that Cummins’ diesel generator sets can be applied up to the specified rating without restrictions on varying or non-varying loads or hours of operation. These ratings greatly simplify the engineering design process, and also make it easier for customers to achieve site certification from the Uptime Institute.

By combining DCC ratings with the time-tested ability of Cummins diesel generator sets to achieve 100% load acceptance in a single step, together with best-in-class PowerCommand® digital controls, data centre customers are assured that their power generation systems are at the cutting edge of technological development.

“This is a particular value-add for our clients, as we are one of very few local suppliers offering a DCC rating as standard,” Kuriakose notes. From large financial institutions to telecoms companies and even parastatals, it is critical that data centres have reliable back-up power in the event of any unforeseen outage.

“Back-up power can be supplemented by UPS, but this solution has a finite battery back-up capacity before it runs out. Only diesel generator sets are capable of supplying power on-demand, for whatever period required,” Kuriakose stresses. The implications of downtime for any data centre are not only potential loss of data, but reduced data traffic, and therefore less revenue generated.

Commenting on battery back-up as a potential solution, Kuriakose points out that this technology still has a long way to go before it matures. “The fact of the matter is that, if power supply to a data centre is interrupted for an entire day, for example, only a diesel generator set is sufficient for such an extended period. Cummins is a premium engine manufacturer, which means that its diesel generator sets are of the highest quality.”

Cummins’ complete power system solutions for data-centre applications comprise high-horsepower generator sets, automatic transfer switches, digital control technology, and remote monitoring and control in the form of PowerCommand, which allows operators to view power system performance from a web browser, for example.

“These innovations represent the cutting edge in data-centre back-up power supply. The combination of reliable equipment and seamless components, together with the DCC rating, make our diesel generator sets the most trusted in the world for such critical applications,” Kuriakose elaborates.

Cummins was a proud exhibitor at Infracom at the Kyalami Theatre on the Track in June, billed as the biggest data-centre networking event in Africa. “We are seeing a lot of development in this space in the local market, particularly as we have a product range designed specifically for it. There is a definite push for more data centres, due to the growing need for effective data storage. This is why our ongoing commitment to this market is reflected through our participation at key events such as Infracom,” Kuriakose stresses.

From design to operation, Cummins is there throughout every phase of a data centre project through dedicated project management staff and expert delivery of integrated turnkey programs. This upfront involvement allows Cummins to offer the latest technology and the best aftermarket support and back-up. “A key differentiator for us is our total power solutions approach, which means our involvement can extend from the design to the actual installation and commissioning,” Kuriakose concludes.
 

Anisha George

As a Marketing Communications Specialist, Anisha is part of the Africa Middle East ABO supporting marketing, communications and event management for power generation marketing.

Anisha joined Cummins Middle East in 2009 to support the Administration team in a temporary role. She gained more industry experience working in the event management field before joining back in 2011. Her previous role in Cummins Middle East include Marketing Assistant where she supported special events and marketing activities.

Anisha has a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Commerce & Marketing, followed by a diploma in Event Management & Innovative Marketing.

Pakistan’s Rapidly Expanding Wireless Network is Being Powered by Cummins

Over 200 units of Cummins 25 kVA and 35 kVA prime-rated diesel generator sets power base transceiver stations around Pakistan.
Over 200 units of Cummins 25 kVA and 35 kVA prime-rated diesel generator sets power base transceiver stations around Pakistan.

The rapidly expanding wireless network in Pakistan is being powered by Cummins.

Cummins distributor Orient Energy Systems (OES) provided the sale and installation of 202 units of Cummins 25 kVA and 35 kVA prime-rated diesel generator sets to telecom services provider China Mobile Pakistan Limited, or CMPak, doing business as Zong. As a nationwide telecoms infrastructure development project to provide greater access and faster speeds to both urban and rural areas, OES performed the complete power system installation at each base transceiver station (BTS) site, with automatic transfer switch, canopy, additional 500-liter sub-base tank, cabling and civil works.

CMPak is a regular customer of OES with approximately 25 prior installations. The high reputation of the Cummins brand, product rating, and strong relationship with the customer with comprehensive aftersales service were key factors in the contract award.

For more information on prime power solutions for telecom, visit https://power.cummins.com/telecom-power-solutions
 

Anisha George

As a Marketing Communications Specialist, Anisha is part of the Africa Middle East ABO supporting marketing, communications and event management for power generation marketing.

Anisha joined Cummins Middle East in 2009 to support the Administration team in a temporary role. She gained more industry experience working in the event management field before joining back in 2011. Her previous role in Cummins Middle East include Marketing Assistant where she supported special events and marketing activities.

Anisha has a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Commerce & Marketing, followed by a diploma in Event Management & Innovative Marketing.

Cummins Releases Upgraded Tier 4 Final Rental Solutions for Two Key Nodes

The C70D2RE is the newest member of the Tier 4 Final mobile generator set product line, powered by a U.S EPA Tier 4 Final certified QSB5-G11 Cummins engine.
The C70D2RE is the newest member of the Tier 4 Final mobile generator set product line, powered by a U.S EPA Tier 4 Final certified QSB5-G11 Cummins engine.

Cummins is pleased to announce the launch of the C70D2RE, the newest member of the Tier 4 Final mobile generator set product line, powered by a U.S EPA Tier 4 Final certified QSB5-G11 Cummins engine. Earlier this year, Cummins introduced the C100D2RE, a 100-kilowatt (kWe) mobile generator set. These new models replace the Tier 3 generator sets and offer top tier efficiency in rental applications. The new 70kWe generator set is designed to meet diverse customer needs, and is capable of powering different markets due to its flexibility.

All major components of the new generator set are designed and manufactured by Cummins. The QSB5-G11 engine meets the stringent EPA standards without the use of a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) which offers increased performance and facilitates serviceability.

The new generator set is fitted with alternators from the trusted Cummins Stamford product line and the entire system is monitored by the Cummins PowerCommand 3.3 controller.   

All new models are equipped with several features and options which make them robust, reliable and ideal for rental applications. The standard package offers dual frequency operation and switchable voltage functionality, while a 600V option is offered for the Canadian market. The generator sets are designed to operate in extreme ambient temperatures; on one hand, they are capable of operating in high ambient temperatures of up to 50°C, and on the other, a cold weather option package ensures optimum performance in low ambient environments. A new heavy duty trailer and hitch design ensures even greater reliability for the rugged rental application. For faster and cleaner oil changes, a ‘Quick Fit’ oil evacuation system option is also offered.

John Gibbons, General Manager of Rental products, said, “The new 70kWe product model is a great addition to our existing Tier 4 Final-certified rental product portfolio. Alongside the newly released 100kWe model, the C70D2RE offers superior performance and allows Cummins to further expand it line-up to the rental industry.” 

With increased reliability, greater performance and improved flexibility, the C70D2RE offers a truly unique rental solution, making it a perfect fit for a variety of applications and duty ratings throughout North America.

In addition to the design and manufacturing capabilities offered, Cummins rental customers can rely on a wide network of nearly 200 sales & service locations across North America.

Find out more at https://power.cummins.com/rental.

Adam Sidders Marketing Communications Leader Power Systems

Adam Sidders

Adam Sidders is the Marketing Communications Leader for the Power Systems Business Unit of Cummins Inc. Prior to joining Cummins in 2012 Adam worked in Financial Services for Europe’s largest independently owned insurer as their Marketing and Communications Manager. [email protected]

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