I know that some of you don’t believe that we will ever have a situation where things become so bad that we have to take measures to protect ourselves from marauders. The intention of this article isn’t to debate that topic but rather to present a scenario and then let you decide for yourself.
Let’s just assume that a major crisis were to happen that causes a run on the grocery stores and people who haven’t prepared, quickly use up their available resources. History has proven that during times of major natural disasters, looters and marauders will take drastic measures to steal what they need to survive with.
I happen to believe that during a doomsday scenario, the unprepared will band together and go house to house looking for supplies that they can use to survive with. I live in a very rural and remote area and I live here because of that very fact. Sure, we may have to deal with these types of individuals but there will be far fewer of them than in urban environments.
Regardless of where you live, if you plan on using an emergency backup generator for power, ask yourself this question; “is it better to keep your location a secret or broadcast it to the world?” I personally believe that the less attention you can draw to yourself, the safer you and your family will be.
Don’t Let Your Generator Give Your Location Away
If you own a large generator, you probably realize that they are very loud. That is unless you bought a very expensive generator that was specially designed to run quietly. Unfortunately, most people just purchase whatever generator they can afford without giving any consideration to the fact that running a loud generator in a doomsday scenario is like waving a big flag that says come take my stuff.
Many of you may be thinking that a bigger generator would be better because it can power all of your electronic devices at once but this may not actually be the best choice. In addition to the reasons that I’ll discuss in this article, I suggest that you read my article titled Why I Think All Preppers Should Own More Than One Generator. It will give you some good ideas about selecting generators for use during natural disasters and other situations such as when the the power grid is down.
If things ever do get really bad and you find yourself having to survive for a prolonged period of time, you’re probably going to want to keep a low profile. This means that if you do have to run a generator, you’ll want to be using the quietest generator that you can possibly find.
My personal choice would be a Honda Generator such as the EU1000i or EU2000i because I have used them for many years and I know that they are quiet and very reliable. As a matter of fact, they are the quietest generators I have ever owned. According to Honda’s website, the EU1000i is rated at 59 dB(A) @ rated load and 53 dB(A) @ 1/4 load. The EU2000i is rated the same. Not only are they quiet, they will run for a really long time on a single gallon of gas. These little Honda generators are also fairly lightweight compared to their larger cousins. This means that if you have to bug out and take one with you, it will be much easier.
Yamaha also makes some quiet portable generators that are designed to run quietly. According to Yamaha’s website, the EF1000iS is rated at 47 dBA at 1/4 load and 57dBA at full load. The Yamaha EF2000iS is rated at 51.5 dBA at 1/4 load and 61dBA at full load. I’ve never actually used one of these Yamaha generators so I can’t speak to how reliable they are but those are some pretty impressive numbers as far as decibel ratings go.
Here Are Some Tips for Running a Generator in Survival Situations
- If you are in an area where your family’s safety could be at risk, my advice would be to run the generator as infrequently as possible to avoid attracting attention to your location. Depending on your particular situation, you may not want to use one at all.
- Never run a generator indoors thinking that this will prevent people from hearing it. Sure, it may make it more difficult for people to hear that you are running a generator but it can also kill you due to carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Don’t waste your time trying to make a loud generator quiet. There’s not much that you can do to quite these beasts down. Sure, you can purchase mufflers that are designed to make loud generators more quiet but much of the noise that these generators produce doesn’t actually come from the exhaust but rather from the way they are designed. My experience is that you’re much better off purchasing a generator that is designed to run quietly.
- Find ways to deflect the sound that the generator produces away from the location that people could hear it. For example, you might be able to reduce the noise of an ultra quiet generator even more by positioning it behind something that will deflect the noise. While spending over eight years living off the grid, we discovered that placing our generators behind one of our outbuildings deflected the sound away from our home which significantly reduced the noise that we were able to hear.
I hope these tips are helpful to you and hopefully we never face a day where we have to be concerned about protecting our families from looters and marauders. But, if that day should come, hopefully this article will have prepared you in some way to keep your families a little bit safer.