Preparing for a power outage means knowing what’s available to you.  Home Standby Generators are the most complete, convenient solution to all types of outages. Portable generators are a great place to start, but must be operated safely.

Good, Better, Best

There are three categories of backup power for homeowners to consider. Portable generators are the least expensive but have limited utility to power homes. For added functionality and safety, homeowners can have a manual transfer switch installed with a portable generator. Home Standby Generators (HSB) are permanently installed, automatic, run on natural gas or propane, and are capable of powering any size home.

We call this the “Good, Better, Best” approach.

● Good is having a portable generator.

● Better is having a portable generator with a manual transfer switch that can power critical circuits in the home safely, but requires an electrician to install the switch.

● Best is having a permanently installed home standby generator. HSB generators make the home a sanctuary, where life continues uninterrupted, no matter the stability of the grid power supply. (Please note that these MUST be installed by an authorized Generac dealer)


iQ3500 Portable Inverter Generator – Inverter generators are a good option for backup power. The iQ3500 provides homeowners with ultra-quiet, backup power for essential items in the home.

● Ultra-Quiet – Advanced inverter technology provides optimal quiet performance, and is up to 40% quieter than a comparable Honda.

● POWERRUSH Advanced Technology – Delivers more starting capacity, so the generator can run heavier loads without upgrading to a larger generator (Also featured on GP Series models)

● True Power Technology – provides stable power ideal for sensitive electronics, tools and appliances

● Digital Smart LCD – Digital wattage meter, run time remaining display, generator status, hour meter, and fuel level

● USB Ports to charge mobile devices

● Economy mode – reduces noise and fuel consumption

● Parallel ready – connect two inverter generators for twice the power.


Portable Generators Installed with a Manual Transfer Switch – The next level of backup power, homeowners can have manual transfer switches installed on their homes to pair with larger portable generators.

● This technology is installed easily by a certified electrician and allows users to connect their portable generator to their home electrical system safely, then manually switch over to generator power when needed.

● The best portable generators from Generac for this level of protection are Generac’s CO-sense equipped generators detect rising levels of harmful carbon monoxide and shut the generator off automatically if approaching unsafe levels.

● This safety technology is available on GP6500 and GP8000 models through retailers nationwide.


Home Standby Generators (HSB) – The ideal option for complete home backup power is a home standby generator.

● A Generac home backup standby generator protects the home automatically when grid power is interrupted.

● It runs on natural gas or liquid propane (LP) fuel, and sits outside like a central air conditioning unit.

● A home backup generator delivers power directly to your home’s electrical system, backing up your entire home or just the most essential items.

● Generac Guardian-series home standby generators feature reliable Generac engines, designed and engineered in the U.S.

● Equipped with the remote monitoring capability of Mobile Link™, allowing owners to monitor the status of their generator on a phone, tablet or computer from anywhere in the world.

Uncharted Supply Co. founder Christian Schauf started the preparedness-focused adventure brand to prepare every person for unexpected survival and situations. Emergent situations that often occur without much warning – earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, power outages, even pandemics. Made with only the highest quality materials and tools; these products are designed with help from and trusted by first responders, government agencies and experts all over the nation.

The SEVENTY2® Pro Survival System

Uncharted re-designed their original award-winning survival system to support 2+ people. The result: a fully-waterproof roll-top backpack includes enough supplies for two, from food and water to reusable N-99 air filtration masks, gloves and beanies for warmth, and even a shovel. Everything inside is color coordinated with easy-to-use instructions so you never waste time searching. YouTube video

What’s Inside: 

  • Two N99 compliant air masks w/ extra filters (better than N-95 → blocks out 99.99% of particulates) 
  • Water Filter System (filters 100,000 gallons)
  • NOAA water-resistant Hand Crank AM/FM/Weather radio 
  • Robust First Aid Kit
  • Multiple fire starters and light options
  • Heavy duty knife (glass breaker, finger gaur, serrated + razor edges)

Zeus Portable Jump Starter 

From everyday needs to emergency situations, this multi-use portable energy system is a must-have. With 20,000mAh the portable battery jumper boasts enough power to jumpstart a semi-truck multiple times. Equipped with 2 USB ports, three different USB ends, AC +DC chargers – you can charge all your tech and tools up to 10x on one charge. 


  • Flashlight (high, low + SOS mode)
  • USB-C, Micro-USB + lightning cable cords
  • DC Output Adapter (Cigarette charger adapter) 
  • Jumper Cables

Rapid Raft

Originally designed to fulfill a military request for rapid deployment and repacking when crossing water. This award-winning packraft is the ideal option for navigating floods in emergency situations. 


  • Weight: 4lbs 
  • Tooless inflation in 45-seconds
  • Holds up to 400lbs
  • Packs down to the size of a loaf of bread
  • One-way valve for quick air-pressure adjustments, rigidity +  buoyancy

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ReadyWise Food

Founded in 2009 as the Wise Company, ReadyWise has grown to be the leader in Emergency Food Supplies. In 2019, the company rebranded to ReadyWise for the simple fact that “Being Ready” is the core value of the company and they proudly want it to be in the name. Their Emergency Food has up to a 25 year shelf-life, easy to prepare by just adding water and is manufactured right here in the USA. ReadyWise prides itself with a wide variety of meals and drinks and offering products for the different dietary need like gluten-free, organic, and vegetarian and vegan options.


72 – Hour Hurricane Kit

The Amreican Red Cross* and FEMA ** both recommend at least a 72 hour supply of non-perishable food and water for your Hurricane Preparedness Plan. ReadyWise’s 72-Hour Hurricane Kit includes 12 servings of lunch/dinner entrees, 8 servings of breakfast entrees, and 12 servings of milk. Meals include Cheesy Macaroni, Teriyaki Rice,

Hearty Tortilla , Brown Sugar and Maple Multi-Grain Cereal, and Whey Milk all packaged in Metallyte pouches to provide up to a 25 year shelf-life. Simply add water to prepare. This kit is PREP√ certified meaning it provide a minimum of 1800 calories/day and at least 40g of protein/day for 72 hours.


Ready Grab Bag

When the rains come and the water rises, you will want your items to stay dry. ReadyWise’s Emergency Food Supply Ready Grab Bag offer 60 servings of meal conveniently packed in a 10 liter dry bag. The multiple servings of meals included Sugar and Maple Multi-Grain Cereal, Crunchy Granola, Cheesy, Creamy Pasta & Vegetables,Gluten Free Potatoes and Chicken Flavored Pot Pie, Teriyaki Rice, and Savory Stroganoff. The reusable dry bag is perfect for keeping your items dry once you have consumed all the meals. This grab bag kit is PREP√ certified meaning it provide a minimum of 1800 calories/day and at least 40g of protein/day for 7 days.


124 – Servings + 4 bonus Bucket

ReadyWise’s 124 serving emergency food supply bucket is a staple for any emergency. Whether you’re affected by a hurricane, snow storm, or other weather emergency, it’s wise to be prepared. These great-tasting freeze-dried and dehydrated foods are ready in minutes when you just add water. They also come in stackable buckets with an easy Grab-N-Go handle, so they’re easy to store and transport. Meals included in this water tight bucket are Creamy Pasta and Vegetable Rotini, Savory Stroganoff ,Pasta Alfredo, Cheesy Macaroni, Southwest Beans and Rice, Chicken Flavored Noodle Soup, Tomato Basil Soup with Pasta, Apple Cinnamon Cereal, Brown Sugar and Maple Multi-Grain Cereal, Orange Delight Drink Mix, Whey Milk Alternative, Vanilla Pudding, Yogurt, Freeze-Dried Fruit. This bucket kit is PREP√+ certified meaning it provide a minimum of 2200 calories/day and at least 50g of protein/day for 7 days. This bucket can be found at most Costco Stores nation-wide.


120 – Servings Entrée Bucket

ReadyWise’s most popular bucket and the core bucket in their large food storage bundle is filled with a wide variety of delicious and easy to prepare meals. The meals include in this bucket are Cheesy Lasagna, Creamy Pasta, Pasta Alfredo, Chili Mac, Chicken Noodle Soup, Savory Stroganoff,  Hearty Tortilla Soup, Potato Pot Pie, Teriyaki and Rice,

Baked Potato Casserole, Tomato Basil Soup, Southwest Beans and Rice, and Cheesy Macaroni.


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