What to expect during the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season

2019 Hurricane Season - Forecast

Predictions aside, it's never too early to prepare your home and family for hurricane season. 

While weather forecasters are predicting a quieter hurricane season in 2019, homeowners should still take the steps necessary to prepare their home and family for the worst. 

Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine and Oscar. These were the named storms from the 2018 Hurricane Season. 

After the third consecutive above-average season in terms of activity and damage with 15 named storms causing almost $50 billion in damage, forecasters are anticipating a possible reprieve in 2019. 

Colorado State University’s Hurricane Research Team released their initial 2019 hurricane forecast, predicting an average season with 13 named storms including five hurricanes; two of which could become major hurricanes.

Despite the somewhat more promising forecast for homeowners who live near communities susceptible to hurricanes, these storms could still produce severe – and potentially damaging weather.

As hurricane season approaches, it’s important to prepare your home and family for the worst, while hoping for the best. Here are a few steps to take to ensure you’re ready for hurricane season:

  1. Check your insurance policy and verify if you have flood insurance. Policies typically take 30 days to take effect, so check your coverage now in the event you’re affected later. 
  2. Prepare your home’s exterior by cleaning gutters, trimming overgrown trees and vegetation that threaten your home or nearby power lines, and sealing cracks in your foundation. 
  3. Develop a family disaster plan that includes a designated meeting spot and out-of-town contact person in case you’re separated during or after the storm. 
  4. Assemble a disaster prep kit, including items specifically selected for each member of your family, including your pets.

While hurricane season is approaching, severe weather can strike any time of year. Check out these severe weather prep tips to stay ahead of the storm year-round. 

Weather is the leading cause of power outages across the nation. Hurricanes can knock out power for days, weeks, even months. Having a plan for backup power that includes a home standby generator, like a Cummins QuietConnect, will ensure your family is safe and comfortable throughout a power outage. 

To learn more about standby home generators and to find the right one for you, schedule a free in-home assessment with a Cummins-authorized dealer today. Our dealers will work with you throughout the purchase, installation and ownership of a Cummins home generator to ensure you select the best generator for your needs and to ensure it’s ready to work when the moment it’s needed. 
 

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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.

Experiencing a Connected Hospital

Hospitals are at the forefront of leveraging technology to offer better care for all of us. 

"Watson, tell me about my doctor."

"Watson, conduct a survey and record the responses for my nurse." 

Experiencing a connected hospital - CumminsVisiting today’s modern hospitals could make you feel as if you are in a sci-fi movie. Robotic arms in operating rooms, beds with tracking sensors, and cognitive rooms featuring the IBM Watson platform1.

In fact, a study from Aruba Networks found that healthcare is the third most advanced in its implementation of Internet of Things (IoT)2. The study estimates that 60% of healthcare organizations globally have introduced IoT devices into their facilities. These IoT devices are commonly used for patient monitors, energy meters, X-rays and imaging devices. 

Hospitals are increasingly adapting connectivity to enhance quality of care and to improve their productivity. A key driver behind this increased adoption of connectivity and IoT devices is simply the aging population across the world. A United Nations study shows that world’s population above 60 years old has more than doubled since 1980, now exceeding 1 billion people3. The same study also forecasts that by 2050 the world will have more people at ages above 60 years old than adolescents and youth at ages 10-24. 

Experiencing a connected hospital - CumminsAs hospitals use more connected devices, their dependence on reliable power sources also increases. A power outage in a hospital could not only shut down heating, cooling and lighting but also medical imaging, operating room equipment and life support devices. 

Unfortunately, hospitals are at risk of losing utility power due to unexpected reasons just like the rest of us. These unexpected reasons range from severe weather to equipment failure to wildlife. In Florida, during Hurricane Irma, 54 hospitals were operating using their back-up power systems according to Florida Hospitals Association4. This is about 20% of Florida’s 300+ hospitals. In California, an underground power line failure resulted in power outage affecting 1,700 customers including a local hospital with 173 beds5. In Virginia, a squirrel that got into the substation caused a power outage affecting the local community hospital for few hours6.

Today’s connected hospitals address the risk and consequences of losing utility power through different means. Use of remote monitoring for back-up power systems and deployment of emergency operations plans are two of the several ways to address the risk of losing utility power. National, state and local regulations also drive healthcare facilities to have backup power for life safety loads. 

Hospitals have sophisticated power systems featuring access both to utility power and reliable back-up power. Back-up power systems could include generator sets, uninterruptible power sources (UPS) and more. These systems are designed to power the hospital when the utility power outage occurs. Use of remote monitoring systems such as Cummins PowerCommand Cloud helps the Facilities Team to keep in touch with real-time information about hospitals’ power systems. These cloud-based systems enable users to check system status, identify faults, and access critical notifications, reducing hospitals’ operation and maintenance costs.

Hospitals also deploy emergency operations plans as a part of their overall emergency management protocol during a hazard. Emergency operations plans outline how the facility will respond to and recover from a hazard7. These plans could outline the facility’s procedures around communication, safety, security, staff responsibilities and clinical support activities while responding and recovering from a hazard. 

To learn more about how other experiences will change in today’s connected world or trends in healthcare industry follow Cummins on Facebook and LinkedIn. To learn more about power solutions for healthcare industry, visit our web page. To learn more about how Cummins is powering a world that’s "Always On," visit our web page.

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References: 

  1. Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Plans Cognitive Hospital Rooms powered by IBM Watson Internet of Things [Press release]. (2016, October 4). Retrieved from https://www.prnewswire.com

  2. IoT Heading for Mass Adoption by 2019 Driven by Better-Than-Expected Business Results [News release]. (2017, February 28). Retrieved from https://news.arubanetworks.com

  3. United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, World Population Ageing Highlights [PDF document]. (2017). Retrieved from https://www.un.org

  4. Evans M. “Power Failures Leave Many Florida Hospitals and Nursing Homes Operating on Generators”. Wall Street Journal. 11 September 2017. Retrieved from https://www.wsj.com

  5. Warren Christi. “Power outage hits 1,700 customers in Santa Rosa, including Kaiser Medical Center”. The Press Democrat. 22 February 2017. Retrieved from https://www.pressdemocrat.com 

  6. Rousseau Heather. “Electricity restored to downtown Roanoke after squirrel causes power outage”. The Roanoke Times. 26 November 2018. Retrieved from https://www.newsadvance.com

  7. Emergency Operations Plan - Emergency Preparedness [Web post]. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.calhospitalprepare.org
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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.

Integrated Continuous Power Supply Delivered to High-Altitude Cement Plant in Ecuador

Cummins global footprint came to light in the UCEM Chimborazo project, with the sale made by Cummins Spain and installation and commissioning carried out in Ecuador.
Cummins global footprint came to light in the UCEM Chimborazo project, with the sale made by Cummins Spain and installation and commissioning carried out in Ecuador.

UCEM Chimborazo is the second largest cement plant in Ecuador, currently producing around 1.6m tonnes of cement annually. When it came to fail-safe power supply for its new clinker line, Cummins was awarded the bid for this emergency power supply contract. 

With two existing utilities feeding all loads, a third option capable of managing all critical loads in an emergency situation was required. It was also vital that any new power supply connects to the existing hydroelectric plant to optimize capabilities.

Cummins global footprint came to light in this project, with the sale made by Cummins Spain and installation and commissioning carried out in Ecuador. Installation of the Cummins 1250DQGAE generator set was a challenge due to the cement plant’s location more than 3,000 m above sea level, but Cummins’ expertise and extensive experience overcame the environmental obstacles. The generator set was housed in an 82 dB(A) soundproof container, and the Cummins technical team countered the dry environment with a customized solution to protect the equipment and ensure adequate airflow. 

Read more in this case study available to download in English and Spanish.
 

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. 

Power Station in Oman Upgrades with Cummins Prime Power

The Cummins prime power systems are using their time-tested paralleling and load share controls to meet the local power needs in Al Wusta Governorate, Oman.
The Cummins prime power systems are using their time-tested paralleling and load share controls to meet the local power needs in Al Wusta Governorate, Oman.

In rural parts of Oman where there is no connection to the grid, villages rely entirely on the local power station, where Cummins generator sets run 24/7 in continuous operation. During winter, the load on the plant is minimal as there is less cooling required. However, with summer approaching, the load will increase and power requirement will thus be critical. 

With a need to upgrade the existing Dhafrat Power Station in Al Wusta Governorate, which covers the central region of Oman, the main contractor for the project, M/s. Global Chemical and Maintenance LLC, turned to Cummins and its authorized distributor, Universal Engineering Services (UES). UES has supplied around 120 Cummins generators to this customer, with current installed prime power capacity at 80 MW.

Cummins generators provide prime power for rural village in Oman.The Cummins prime power systems – 3 x C1400D5 units rated at 1 MW and 1 x C1100D5 unit rated at 500 kW – are using their time-tested paralleling and load share controls to meet the local power needs of the village without any interruption, providing 3.5 MW of total power output. The 1 MW units were engineered to order with medium-voltage alternators as the requirement called for an 11,000-volt unit, and work together in parallel, while the 500 kW unit is synchronized using a step-up transformer. The cooling system requirement meets harsh conditions of ambient temperature of 55°C and nearly 100% humidity, and noise levels of 85 dBA at 1 m are also met by the Cummins solution.

Cummins global footprint and local support gave the customer access to one of the most capable networks in the industry for their critical infrastructure upgrade – from product capability and market-competitive pricing through a robust supply chain and manufacturing process, to confidence in the technical support capability and aftermarket support. Built-in paralleling and load share controls were a key advantage compared to other generator suppliers, which usually offer a separate standalone paralleling and load share control. 
 

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.

The Importance of Load Evaluation in Specifying Textile Company's Exact Needs

Cummins distributor Orient Energy Systems evaluated the load for Ahmad Jamal Textile Mills, providing an expert recommendation of the power system required.
Cummins distributor Orient Energy Systems evaluated the load for Ahmad Jamal Textile Mills, providing an expert recommendation of the power system required.

A good partner can provide a generator set to a customer. A great partner understands the exact needs of the customer and provides the solution to meet those exact needs, along with 24/7 support.

When Cummins authorized distributor Orient Energy Systems (OES) was approached by a new customer, Ahmad Jamal Textile Mills, the customer came with a requirement of 50 kVA for their home’s power needs and 200 kVA for their manufacturing unit. After meeting with the customer, OES brought in their in-house expert to evaluate the load. The application and project engineer determined that the load in fact required 100 kVA of power for the house and 160 kVA for the manufacturing operations.

OES supplied and installed 1 x Cummins C110D5 generator set and 1 x Cummins C175D5B generator set at the Ahmad Jamal Textile Mills owner’s home and business in Faisalabad, Pakistan, providing prime power to keep the business and household operating at all times. A custom-built enclosure from OES fulfilled noise level requirements of 80-85 dB(A).

On-time delivery was a key requirement of the customer, and this was met by OES and Cummins with timely delivery at the site as per the committed time line. The customer was afforded extra value and peace of mind through Cummins extended warranty program.

“Backup power is considered the backbone of any business globally,” said Haider Khan, Sales Executive with OES. “Efficient and up-to-date technologies in power generation will be the cause of satisfaction for the customer, and Cummins is doing some great R&D in this field. Strong customer service and understanding the power needs of the customer led us to a successful project with Ahmad Jamal.”

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.

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