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Emergency Preparedness Department

Between rolling blackouts and recent attacks on our electrical grid, you really should be prepared with emergency back-up power. Below, is the highly rated, dual fuel, 12,500 watt Westinghouse generator that I purchased on Amazon and am very happy with! It provided us with 25 hours of emergency power shortly after we purchased it in May, of 2022, when PGE shut off our power due to a high risk of wild fire!

Also, listed below, are other items you’ll need, to complete the installation of your emergency power supply. Your particular needs may vary slightly. I chose to run my generator on Propane fuel rather than gasoline, so of course, I needed a propane tank. (Actually, I purchased two, 40 pound tanks along with an automatic switch over regulator hose.) In a recent power outage, one 40 pound tank, lasted 15 hours.

In addition to the generator, you’ll also need a power cord (30 amp or 50 amp) depending on your generator output, I purchased a 50 amp, 50 foot cord but you may not need one that long. You’ll also need a 30 or 50 amp circuit breaker, a power inlet box and an interlock device (which varies depending on the type of electric panel you have.) With those five items, you will have everything you need for whole house emergency power! We spent a grand total of $2,400.00 to have whole home, emergency backup power. Worth every cent, in my opinion!

My licensed, Certified Electrician in Oregon, charged $840.00 for parts and labor, to install the power inlet box, circuit breaker and interlock device (which I think should have been about HALF that cost) but if you’re comfortable with doing it yourself, you could save some cash! Check with your local authorities to determine if you need a permit to do the installation. My local jurisdiction charges $64.00 for the permit and that includes a county certified Electrician to come out and inspect and approve the installation.


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