Storm GarethLast week, Storm Gareth hit the UK bringing gale force winds and heavy rain. Storm Gareth is the third storm to be named this year, after Erik in February and Freya earlier this month.

The Met Office had various yellow weather warnings in place throughout the UK for strong winds and heavy rain. The storm caused travel disruption, power cuts and damage to buildings across the country.

In the event of bad weather like this, businesses may need to hire emergency generators to ensure their business continuity. Having to close your business due to a power cut caused by bad weather, can be very costly. We thought we would put together a handful of cases from last week, showing how we kept our customers businesses running during the storm:

On Tuesday 12th March at 10am, we received a call from one of our customers who wanted to hire four generators for their four water booster sites. All sites had power, however, our customer wanted to ensure business continuity for the duration of the storm. P & I supplied a 1250kVA, 800kVA, 550kVA and a 500kVA with unlimited running and fuel management to all four sites.

Our service coordinator, James Dodd, jumped straight into action and quoted our customer for the hire of the four generators including installation. We were given the go ahead at around 11am and all sets arrived onsite in Kent at 2.30pm. Our engineers got to work installing the generators at each of the sites, with the 550kVA site requiring a cable run of 75 metres. By 5pm all sites were up and running.

Other emergency installs on that day included, the supply of a 275kVA standby hire generator to Faversham and 100kVA standby hire generator to Southwick, both wired in for automatic start.

On top of that, we attended 6 emergency breakdowns, where our highly skilled engineers had all generators operational by the time they left site.

If you would like to discuss your business continuity plan, in the event of bad weather, please contact one of our team on 023 9278 3450 or