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Old 03-09-2007, 07:14 AM
 
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Ok - moving from rental house to our new home in April, in Willow Spring.
Should our 1st priority be to get a generator?
Does hurricane season start in June?
What's with all the evacuation signs? Are they for folks coming in from the coast, or for us already living here? If for us, where are they leading us to?
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Old 03-09-2007, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh, NC
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Yes, hurricane season starts in June, but that doesn't mean they can't form prior to that time.

A generator is good insurance. From my direct-hit hurricane experiences in FL, when you need a generator, there are none to be had, but if you have one, you rarely need it. It's good to have one to help preserve your food when they electricity is out and there is no way of knowing when it will come back on.

If you are told to evacuate, follow the evacuation signs. Evacuation is usually not necessary unless a public announcement is made. In that case, certain geographic areas are encouraged to evacuate, and the routes will lead you to a safe area and hurricane shelters (often public schools).
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Old 03-09-2007, 08:16 AM
 
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This far inland, you're probably way more likely to use your generator in the case of an ice storm than a hurricane.
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Old 03-09-2007, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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Ok - moving from rental house to our new home in April, in Willow Spring.
Should our 1st priority be to get a generator?
Does hurricane season start in June?
What's with all the evacuation signs? Are they for folks coming in from the coast, or for us already living here? If for us, where are they leading us to?
I have lived here forever (35 years ) and have never owned a generator. Have there been a few times I might have needed them, yes, twice:

hurricane fran (1996) when the power was out for 10 days, but seriously, that was extemely unusual in this area.

Ice storm (2002) power out in our neighborhood (just ours!) for 4 days.

In this area, rob is right, you will probably need it more for ice storms than hurricanes. We do have some wonderful thunderstorms in the spring, but the whole hurricane thing just doesn't seem to be that troublesome.

I guess I couldn't justify spending the money on a generator when I may only use it once every couple of years.

Leigh
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Old 03-09-2007, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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I have lived here forever (35 years ) and have never owned a generator. Have there been a few times I might have needed them, yes, twice:

hurricane fran (1996) when the power was out for 10 days, but seriously, that was extemely unusual in this area.

Ice storm (2002) power out in our neighborhood (just ours!) for 4 days.

In this area, rob is right, you will probably need it more for ice storms than hurricanes. We do have some wonderful thunderstorms in the spring, but the whole hurricane thing just doesn't seem to be that troublesome.

I guess I couldn't justify spending the money on a generator when I may only use it once every couple of years.

Leigh
I agree completely. Unless you're on life support, or your freezer is stocked up with a huge quantity of filet mignon, the cost of a generator just isn't worth it. If your power goes out, go read a book or something! You can live without American Idol for one night!
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Old 03-09-2007, 10:11 AM
 
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We had a whole house generator installed because my husband works from home and cannot be without power for a day or two. And I don't particularly care to be without a/c in the event another Fran comes through.
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Old 03-09-2007, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I agree completely. Unless you're on life support, or your freezer is stocked up with a huge quantity of filet mignon, the cost of a generator just isn't worth it. If your power goes out, go read a book or something! You can live without American Idol for one night!
What live without American Idol - Surely you jest ...

Sounds like I probably don't need one. I think I'll just count on the neighbors having one and sharing some of there Ice Cream Pies, etc.
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Old 03-09-2007, 02:15 PM
 
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The only time I wished we had a generator when I lived in NC was when we had power out for 4 days and we had well water. This meant we had no water for 4 days. No toilet, no shower, no sinks. After the bottled water ran out day 2, I checked my butt into a hotel. I will never again get a well water situation. When the power is out I want to flush my toilet.
If we build new my husband says we will get the single floor generator, which takes care of about half your house for a few days. If not I may just get a small one so we can keep our frozens and lights on.
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Old 03-09-2007, 03:01 PM
 
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how easy is it to connect a generator to the Electrics? or do I need an electrican to install? also, how much does a reasonable generator cost to purchase? thanks in advance
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Old 03-09-2007, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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The only time I wished we had a generator when I lived in NC was when we had power out for 4 days and we had well water. This meant we had no water for 4 days. No toilet, no shower, no sinks. After the bottled water ran out day 2, I checked my butt into a hotel. I will never again get a well water situation. When the power is out I want to flush my toilet.
That's a good point. Being on city water, I forgot that water can be an issue for some people.

During the really bad ice storm, we were without power for 3 days. The house was cold, but with water and a gas water heater, I could always warm up with a hot shower
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