Prepare now to avoid the rush before the storm

With hurricanes increasing in frequency, these easy pre-hurricane season tips will save you a lot of time before the storms arrive. 

There is no mistaking the reality that hurricane season is getting more active year over year. That also means the potential for you to find yourself in the path of any strength storm is increasing too. 

Earlier this year, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center announced that they were updating their 30-year historical hurricane activity reference period to 1991-2020 from 1981-2010. The significance of this change is that the last few years of consistently above-average hurricane activity has moved NOAA’s “average” standard higher than it previously was. 

In other words, there have been so many hurricanes lately that NOAA had to raise the bar. 

They aren’t the only organization observing this trend, either. 

The World Meteorological Organization (the UN Agency tasked with the collection and distribution of weather data amongst 193 nations) recently announced that the Greek Alphabet would no longer be used after a given hurricane season runs out of names on the assigned list like it did during the prolific 2020 season. Citing the likelihood that the list would run out again due to overactive storm seasons, the committee elected to create a permanent list of supplemental names.

It seems clear that the Atlantic seaboard is in for the sixth-straight “above average” hurricane season. 

The unfortunate reality is that it doesn’t take a major category 4 or 5 storm to damage your home and substantially impact your daily life. Even a weaker tropical storm can cause power outages and flooding. 

Instead of being caught in the mad rush to prepare for a storm that is heading your way, here are a series of useful tips you can take right now to get a leg up on storm-proofing your home.

Easy hurricane preparations for outside your home

When a storm shows up on your doorstep, there is unfortunately little you can do about the actual conditions; the rain is going to fall and the wind is going to blow.

What we can control are the things a storm can impact that will then damage our home or property. 

Trees and landscaping

Even a Tropical Storm can pack winds in excess of 70mph, with gusts that can top that in short bursts. While normally healthy trees should be able to withstand those gusts, a not-so-healthy tree or even a dying limb may reach the breaking point and fall. 

When these trees or limbs fall during an otherwise minor storm, and damage your roof or wipe out your power lines, that minor storm can quickly turn into a major problem. 

Without an intact roof to protect it, rain water can pour into your home causing untold amounts of damage to your home’s interior. And without power, stored food may spoil, sump pumps may stop running, and your home is suddenly unable to maintain a temperature you want it to without HVAC. 

Spotting dead trees and limbs

Before a storm arrives, take the time to quickly survey your property, and your adjacent neighbors property. Make sure to spend enough time looking at each tree from trunk to tip, and all the branches.

Healthy trees should have obvious signs of growth (leaf buds or leaves) on their branches, and the tree bark should appear uniform and unbroken. All the branches should look roughly the same in leaf growth and bark quality. The tree should actually look “healthy”.

  • Action Tip: Any tree on your property that “doesn’t look right” should be evaluated by a qualified arborist (a tree expert). If you spot these conditions on a neighbor’s tree that may be at risk of hitting your home or power lines, it is worth having a discussion with that neighbor about having the tree evaluated. 

Generally, arborists are easy to find, and can quickly evaluate all your trees with qualified expert recommendations, at minimal cost to you.

Landscaping

Bushes, planting areas, and nicely mulched beds tend to make a home look really nice from the street, but those planting areas can also cause heavy rainfall to stay against your house instead of draining away. This can cause water infiltration to an otherwise dry basement area.

  • Action Tip: Trim bushes and shrubbery near the home so the plants cannot swing in the wind and damage your home. 
  • Action Tip: Before mulching planting beds, make sure the soil underneath slopes away from your home and leave a 4-6” gap between the mulch and your foundation. This will prevent water from gathering against your foundation during heavy rainfall. 

Rainfall and water management

Water damage can often be among the costliest home damage to repair, and once water enters your home mold can also be a concern. Thankfully, a typical home is designed to resist water entry as long as we do our part to help it along. 

The best part: surveying your home for water concerns doesn’t require a severe storm to happen first. 

  • Action Tip: During the next downpour, take a few minutes to throw on a raincoat and walk around your property. Take pictures of where the water tends to pool, and where runoff tends to collect and form streams. Look for places where water gets caught by obstructions instead of smoothly exiting your property, or where the water wants to channel. Consider any changes you can make to allow the water a smoother path away from your home. 

After the storm, use the pictures to either correct some issues yourself, or consult with a landscape designer to mitigate the problems. 

Gutters and Downspouts

The gutters and downspouts on your home exist to capture and channel rainwater away from your foundation. Just like the previous tip, if water is allowed to pool around your foundation, it will eventually begin entering through the foundation walls. It’s only a matter of time. Especially when you consider the amount of water that could pool during a heavier downpour.

To put this in perspective, 2” of rain falling on 1,500 square feet of roof (roughly the roof size of an average 1200 square foot home) will produce almost 2,000 gallons of runoff. 

If a Tropical Storm or hurricane is in the forecast, you can likely expect many times that much rain to fall.

  • Action Tip: Clean your home’s gutters or outsource this task to a professional. Consider having a gutter cover/filter installed that allows only water to enter and not debris.
  • Action Tip: Check all your downspouts, and make sure the downspout ejects water at least 10 feet from the base of your foundation.

In many cases, these easy tips to “storm-harden” the outside of your house will go a long way towards preventing damage from severe storms. 

But what happens if the storm gets past your outer defenses and starts to affect the interior? 

Preparation tips for inside your home

Even if the storm overwhelms your exterior defenses, all is not completely lost. There are just as many simple steps we can take to prevent a damaged home from becoming a much larger catastrophe.

Water ingress and sump pumps

If you have a sump pump in your basement, then your home has experienced water before. Sump pumps sit in pits that are designed to collect the water below your foundation and pump it out to a place where it can safely exit your property without running back to the house. 

During any normal storm, you may see water slowly fill the pit until it reaches the level where the sump pump activates and pumps the water away. When the pump removes enough water that the pump activation float resets, the pump shuts off. 

During more severe weather, especially heavy downpours, that sump pump will work harder and for longer periods removing the water that is collecting there at a faster than normal rate. If the pump dies for any reason, the basement will begin to flood rapidly. 

  • Action Tip: Check the tag on your pump. Look for a manufacturer's date and if your pump is more than five years old, you should replace it regardless of condition. 
  • Action Tip: Check the outlet that your pump is plugged in to and determine if anything else is plugged into the same circuit (you can do this by turning off the breaker for that circuit and seeing if anything else turns off). Consider moving those other items to a different circuit.

During heavy storms and frequent work, the pump will have a higher average draw which may cause the circuit breaker to trip if there are too many loads on it. If this happens without you noticing, the basement will flood.

Protect your valuables

In this case, “valuables” means all the things you cannot replace no matter what you do. Pictures hanging on the wall, storage of digital pictures, important documents, and even important memories that are on paper. Many of these items are crucial to getting back to normal if damage does occur, and many also cannot be replaced.

  • Action Tip: Purchase an inexpensive digital document scanner from your local office supply store. Spend an easy afternoon collecting all the important documents you have in your home (passports, birth certificates, deeds, insurance papers, social security cards, bank statements, etc.) and scanning those all to a digital format. 

Do the same with any physical pictures you have hanging around your house, or use a digital camera to take a picture of the picture. Often, the memory is worth more than just the quality of the image.

Upload all of these digital files to a cloud storage service of your choice, or if security is a concern for you, save all the digital files on a few weatherproof USB drives. Place one drive in a secret location in your vehicle, and place another in a sheltered place in your home. 

  • Action Tip: To further protect all the important things you just collected and scanned, consider purchasing a fireproof/waterproof document safe. These inexpensive safes will give you a place to safely store your irreplaceable documents and protect them against floods or fires. 

Protect against power outages

During a storm, just about everything gets worse if the power goes out. Climate control shuts off, water pumps die out, and cold food storage becomes a race against time. 

Worse yet, if your home does not have a landline, then you are dependent on your cell phone for communication. In an emergency, battery power can be critical. 

  • Action Tip: Consider purchasing a few portable battery packs with shelf-life design. They are inexpensive and have USB ports, meaning a solid source of emergency phone power that is still portable.
  • Action Tip: Consult with your local Cummins Home Generator Dealer for a quick and painless estimate on a standby generator. These generators start automatically during an outage and keep HVAC systems, sump pumps, and cold storage operating as normal regardless of the weather. 

Prepare now to avoid the rush before the storm

You’ve seen this before: as soon as a named storm is given a landfall prediction, the panic buying and preparations will start. Finding supplies will be harder than ever and suddenly your list of things that needs to get done will grow faster than you can check items off.

Why not take a few things off that list now, and give yourself some peace of mind that you’ve already addressed a lot of the bigger questions for your home preparation?

The storms are coming and they’re predicted to be more frequent. The time to prepare is now.

And if you want the ultimate peace of mind that ensures your home will never be without reliable power, regardless of the conditions outside, reach out to your nearest friendly Cummins Home Generator Dealer. All it takes is a quick home survey and you’ll know exactly what you’ll need for the gold standard of storm preparation: a backup generator. 

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Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

Cummins announces new dewatering pumps

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Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced the availability of two new dewatering pump solutions for use in construction, oil & gas, agricultural, mining, water and waste water environments.  The QSF4X4 and QSF6X6 offer customers a fully finished pump for use in their operations powered by Cummins’ QSF2.8 engine.

“The new pumps are a culmination of many hours of customer research. Product reliability and uptime are very important to them, so we have developed a robust package that is backed by Cummins strong support network,” said Greg Totin, Cummins Industrial Sales Director.

These pumps are built with a heavy-duty cast-iron construction and produced on a fully towable trailer for ease of transportation. They are able to self-prime when filled with water, and re-prime automatically. The Cummins QSF6X6 is designed for moderate flow rates up to 1,430 gpm and can handle heads up to 104 feet. The Cummins QSF4X4 supports flow rates up to 1,350 gpm and can handle heads up to 135 feet. 

Cummins QSF2.8 engine which powers the pumps is available for industrial applications at 74 hp in compact envelope size.  It uses proven Cummins fuel injection, turbocharging and electronic control technology to deliver a peak torque of 221 lb-ft, while meeting near-zero emissions Tier 4 Final emissions.  The sculptured cast-iron block, give the 2.8 liter engine durability with a low weight of 507 lb.

“They new pumps are compatible with our telematics services to help maximize availability and efficiency while minimizing downtime,” added Totin 

The QSF6X6 and QSF4X4 are available throughout North America and will be on display at the ARA show in February at Cummins booth number 5056 and in March at ConExpo at booth S84615. Interested customers should reach out their local dealer for more information. 


About Cummins 

Cummins Inc., a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 59,900 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment and equality of opportunity. Cummins serves its customers online, through a network of company-owned and independent distributor locations, and through thousands of dealer locations worldwide and earned about $2.1 billion on sales of $24 billion in 2021. 

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

Cummins natural gas engines transport more than 150 million people in North India for 15 years

bus in movement

Natural gas engines from Cummins can offer considerable longevity and reliability when properly maintained – so much so they are lasting decades and counting. 

Between 2008 and 2009, more than 3,730 Cummins B Gas Plus natural gas engines were procured through OEM partners Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland and delivered to the National Capital Region of India. Deployed into the Delhi transport Corporation’s (DTC) transit bus fleet, nearly 15 years later, the engines remain in service. To date, the buses have travelled approximately 5.4 billion kilometers – yes, billion – over the last 15 years.

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These engines prove what Maged Tadros, General Manager of Cummins Global Bus Business likes to tell his customers: “Adopting Cummins natural gas engines into your fleets can help achieve several operational and economic benefits.”

As the lowest total emissions engine on the market for trucks and buses, Cummins natural gas engines run on an abundant, low-cost fuel, with a maintenance free three-way catalyst exhaust treatment system. 

The need for reliable transportation is essential. Over the past 15 years, the Cummins B Gas Plus natural gas engines have helped more than 150 million Indian residents get to where they need to be and will continue to do so for the years to come.

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“Cummins engines are sought after globally for their world-class reliability and durability,” explained Puneet Jhawar, General Manager – Natural Gas. “We have learned a lot from our experience in India, among other countries adopting natural gas engines, learnings that have influenced our next generation of engines.”

Last year, Cummins announced the B6.7 natural gas engine will be available in India. Built for school buses, shuttles, and medium-duty trucks, the B6.7N boasts up to 240 hp/560 lbs-ft torque.

As the most mature, proven, and least disruptive alternative power technology available today, natural gas engines offer range flexibility and deliver a similar power, performance, and driving experience as diesel engines. Cummins natural gas engines help fleets reduced their overall environmental impact without significantly increasing the cost of operation or sacrificing performance or uptime.

The power of Cummins’ natural gas engines was on display at the India Auto Expo in Greater Noida Uttar Pradesh, India this month.

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

Five Wins of New Power

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As we near the end of 2022, we are celebrating some of the accomplishments that made this an exciting and innovative year for New Power. In the last 12 months, we expanded our technologies, grew as a business and continued to blaze the trail toward a zero-emissions future. Join us as we reflect on five wins from our New Power business unit that helped make this year truly spectacular.

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Welcome to our battery family, LFP

The newest member of our battery family is the lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery, which expands our support of electrified commercial vehicle applications. LFPs are faster charging and longer-life batteries, and are used in the medium duty truck and school bus markets. LFPs don’t require nickel or cobalt, making them more affordable and sustainable. With faster charging, higher power and a 10% longer life expectancy, Cummins LFP batteries are designed to meet the demands of continuous operation and have a lower total cost of ownership.

Green travel is on track: Our fuel cell systems are powering the world’s first 100%-hydrogen passenger train fleet

Holiday vacation plans? Visit us in Europe where we’re powering the world’s first fleet of hydrogen trains. The Alstom Coradia iLint trains are outfitted with Cummins fuel cell systems and run on the world’s first 100%-hydrogen-powered passenger train route. The trains convert hydrogen fuel into energy and turn existing, non-electrified infrastructure into zero-emission rail lines. These trains emit only steam and condensed water while in service and operate with low noise levels that improve both operator and passenger comfort.

The hydrogen fuel cell systems used in the trains are assembled at Cummins’ Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems Production Center in Herten, Germany. The facility was fully operational in 2022, enabling accelerated adoption of hydrogen technologies across Europe and the globe.

North America? Check. Europe? Check. We’ve expanded our New Power footprint across the globe

This year, we drove the green hydrogen economy forward across the globe by supporting new infrastructure projects and advancing government decarbonization goals.

We have broken ground on our new gigawatt PEM electrolyzer manufacturing plant in Guadalajara, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. Construction is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2023. The 200,000 sq. ft. facility will have the capacity to produce 500MW per year, scalable to more than 1GW per year.

Our Oevel, Belgium electrolyzer manufacturing facility expanded its capacity to 1GW thanks to the Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) Hy2Tech program. IPCEI will help Cummins develop a new generation of PEM electrolyzer cell stacks to power large-scale hydrogen production systems. Operation began at our new Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems Production Center in Herten, Germany this year, which further enables the adoption of hydrogen technologies across Europe. 

We expanded our Mississauga, Ontario, Canada campus by adding a third facility dedicated to hydrogen technology. The new facility accommodates the company’s growing staff, hydrogen production capacity and new product development, putting Cummins in a better position to support the developing hydrogen market in North America.

The wait is over - our electrified powertrains made their official debut

We unveiled the Meritor 17Xe ePowertrain integrated with a Cummins battery system. The 17Xe is designed for heavy-duty trucks with the capacity to support 44 tons of gross combined weight. The assembly also features Cummins’ new lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery pack. 

Our clean drivetrain options offer performance and packaging advantages for diverse applications across the globe.

Electrolyzers are stateside: We’re starting production in the U.S.

We announced that we'll begin producing electrolyzers in the U.S. for the first time at our Fridley, Minnesota facility. To drive the domestic green hydrogen economy forward, we'll start at 500 megawatts (MW) of manufacturing capacity annually, scalable to 1 gigawatt (GW) in the future. 

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

Seven Cummins employees receive prestigious Julius Perr Innovation Award

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Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) announced the 2022 recipients of the company’s most prestigious technical award, the Julius Perr Innovation award. Now in its 23rd year, the award recognizes employees who demonstrated excellence in innovation and technology by developing significant intellectual property for our products.

This year’s recipients are Cummins employees Richard Ancimer, Krishna Kamasamudram, Ashok Kumar, Guoqiang Li, Tim Proctor, Michael Wilson, and Aleksey Yezerets. Acknowledgement also goes to Neal Currier, Ed Hodzen, and Vivek Sujan.

ABOUT THE INNOVATIONS

The first winning patents relate to the mitigation of sulfur accumulation on a selective reduction catalyst (SCR).

Ancimer, Currier, Kamasamudram, Kumar, and Yezerets developed methodologies to not only monitor this accumulation of sulfur but regenerate the catalysts faster, and at lower temperatures, through the synchronization of engine operating conditions during regeneration. Their work is employed on Cummins products, such as Euro IV/V/VI, EPA 2010, Tier IV, and in regions high sulfur fuel, and will likely continue playing a role in meeting future emission regulations.

Wilson developed a different approach targeted for the service channel in areas with high sulfur fuel, particularly the Euro V products in South America.  A key feature of his invention involves the deactivation of cylinders, and his work has been cited numerous times by non-Cummins patents.

For second winning technology, Hodzen, Li, Proctor, and Sujan invented the SmartTorque2 (ST2) feature, which is part of the award-winning Eaton Cummins SmartAdvantageTM  Powertrain. This feature automatically senses a variety of factors, such as grade and weight, and selects the optimum torque for performance and fuel economy. The invention was first in production in 2013 and has been a standard offering of the X15 product since 2017.

ABOUT THE AWARDS

This award was created to honor Dr. Julius Perr, who retired from Cummins in 1997 as Vice President - Fuel Systems.  Dr. Perr, who passed away in 2005, joined Cummins in 1958 after fleeing Communist Hungary.  He made Columbus, Indiana (USA) home and began a 41-year career as a Cummins engineer and leader.  In his lifetime, he was named the inventor or co-inventor of 186 granted patents and remains an inspiration to many in our industry.

2022 CEREMONY

The Julius Perr Innovation Awards Ceremony was held in-person with senior Technical Leaders, members of the Perr family, the 2022 Perr Award winners and their guests on October 18, 2022. Four winners, Krishna Kamasamudram, Ashok Kumar, Guoqiang Li and Michael Wilson, were able to attend in person to receive their awards. The other three winners were unable to attend, but their award and special recognition have been provided to them separately.

REVIEW COMMITTEE 

Members of a selection committee, made up of leaders from across all business units, meet yearly to evaluate patents that have created significant value for our products. In 2022, over 1,100 patents were reviewed for consideration before selecting the final patent award recipients. Since 2000, only 84 patents have been selected for this prestigious award with each invention adding value to our brand promise of innovation and dependability.

Congratulations again to the 2022 recipients on the honor of winning the 2022 Julius Perr Innovation Award.

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins, a global power technology leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from internal combustion, electric and hybrid integrated power solutions and components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, microgrid controls, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell products.

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