Natural gas benefits homes, families during hurricane season — here’s how
Okaloosa Gas offers practical tips on how to make it through storm-related power outages
Florida hurricane season is here. With it comes not only the potential threat of damage to property and people, but the very real inconvenience almost every storm causes: power outages.
For homeowners, this can mean you’re unable to continue living in your house — stripped of the ability to keep your family comfortable with proper heating or cooling, hot water and home-cooked meals. Small-business owners may also find they’re unable to serve their customers or generate an income. This makes the effects of a storm move from mere inconvenience to downright disaster.
There’s one utility that can help prepare your small business, your home and your family before a devastating storm strikes — natural gas. Because this natural resource is delivered to homes and businesses via an underground pipeline, it provides nearly 100% reliable service even when the power goes out.
Here’s why natural gas is a better choice for Florida homeowners and small-business owners who want to stay comfortable and keep valuable customers — despite what Mother Nature may have in store.
Preparing for the storm
Florida homeowners know, perhaps better than most, that living in the Sunshine State isn’t always, well, sunshine. In fact, no region of the state has been spared from a hurricane’s touchdown.
According to the Florida Climate Center, all of Florida’s coastline has been hit by at least one hurricane since 1850. That’s more than a century of storms that have posed a real threat during the six-month-long Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 until Nov. 30 — peaking mid-August through late October.
Each year, Floridians must make sure they are prepared for storm season. Ready.gov recommends families build an emergency kit that contains at least the basic disaster supplies, like water, nonperishable food, a flashlight, first aid kit and more. Visit Ready: Hurricanes for ways to secure your home. It’s also important to make sure you have a communication plan in place to inform family and friends you are safe — or if you need help.
Learning about your community’s hurricane evacuation routes is also key. Where would you go if evacuation is necessary? How would your family find higher ground in the event of a flood? For small-business owners, how do you ensure the safety of customers and staff?
While this can be frightening to think about, preparing in advance is the best way to keep your family — and your home or small business — safe. Find out more about how to prepare before hurricane season peaks.
A resource to count on
During a storm, natural gas is the one utility homeowners and small-business owners alike can count on to withstand high winds and torrential downpours. After all, hurricanes, thunderstorms and other severe weather conditions can cause power outages lasting anywhere from a few hours to several weeks.
Natural gas provides the fuel your home or small business needs to keep running. When the electricity is out, natural gas appliances keep a household functioning: a whole-house generator and fireplace (keep homes cool or warm); water heater (prevents a cold shower); range, oven and grill (help families stay fed); gas lights (provide a light in the darkness).
The American Gas Association reports that natural gas is not only reliable — regardless of the weather — but Floridians can depend on their natural gas utility to provide affordable energy and America’s best value. Plus, domestic natural gas supplies are expected to be “sufficiently robust to meet growth in demand across all sectors” for years to come, according to the American trade organization.
Now is a perfect time to make the smart energy choice for your home or small business, by opting for affordable, plentiful natural gas. If you are considering making the switch to natural gas, help is available. Okaloosa Gas District offers in-house financing and cash rebates, and sets as a priority its We CARE (Clean Affordable Reliable Energy) program.
For more than 68 years, Okaloosa Gas has served as the community’s leader providing natural gas services throughout Northwest Florida. This hurricane season, keep your family safe, your home and your small business operating — no matter the weather — with natural gas.
Turn to the natural gas experts at Okaloosa Gas District and find out more about the utility you can count on. Visit okaloosagas.com today.