If you have read many of my past writing, you will see that I have not encourage people to rush out and buy generators. This was for several reasons, first, for the thousand or so you spend to buy a good generator you can buy a ton of food. Second, most people are not in a position to store much fuel. So here, they are with a good generator and 10 to 20 gallons of fuel. Two or three weeks after the disaster, the generator is out of fuel and useless. Third, having lights and noisy generators can attract too much attention. I have always thought that a generator was for the people with money who could afford to store large amounts of fuel and lived in remote areas.
Well my position is softening. Where I live, I am seeing major signs of infrastructure failure. Cut backs in fire, police and other services. Employees of the local gas company are blowing the whistle on the gas company for ignoring small leaks and not performing proper maintenance. I now think that SHTF may very well come in increments not a massive event. If this occurs, you will have intermittent power outages and fuel shortages. Services will continue, but there will be reoccurring failures of all services.
This is a time when generators even if you can only store 10 – 20 gallons of fuel will be useful. Because services will be intermittent for some time, you will be able to obtain additional fuel. So you may want to consider purchasing a generator capable of running your refrigerator and freezer several hours a day. However, I still suggest that you make food and water a higher priority and don’t forget if you are the only one running a generator you will be a target.