When Isaias hit Long Island last summer, Erik Putz and Bonnie Burton weren’t aware that their neighbors had lost power: They were an island of light in a sea of darkness.
"We didn’t even know it went down," Putz said. "Then we realized the street is dark."
The Smithtown residents had gone solar in February 2020 and got a solar-powered battery backup system two months later.
Jen McNulty, of Seaford, had also just installed solar backup and watched others’ lights go out while hers were on. "They finished the job on Thursday," McNulty said of EmPower Solar, which installed the systems in both homes. "The following Tuesday, the storm hit."
As we brace for another hurricane season, which starts June 1 and continues through the end of November, there are things residents can do to prevent power outages, or prepare for them.
"If you have electricity, you can do just about anything regardless of whatever else is going on," said Frank Navetta, owner and president of Bohemia-based PowerPro Generators.
How an outage can affect a home
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If you depend on a well, the pump won’t work.2 2 No refrigeration
This can quickly lead to your food spoiling.3 3 No sump pump
This can lead to flooding in your basement.4 4 No lights
You could be left in the dark if you don't have flashlights handy.5 5 Loss of electric clocks and timers
Make sure to reset them after power returns.6 6 Computer crashes
This can result in lost data.7 7 Damage to TV and other appliances
The electrical surge that occurs when the power comes back on can cause harm.8 8 Loss of cordless landline phone
Make sure your cellphone is charged.