Here is SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies of interest to preppers that are located in the region. The emphasis this week is on whole house backup generator companies in the Redoubt.
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Two important points: Make sure that the generator you buy can also operate your well pump, if you are on well water. Most well pumps operate on 220 VAC, while most home backup generators produce only 120 VAC. Only a few produce both 120 and 220 volts. Most home well pumps require at least a 5,000 watt generator. I strongly recommend propane-fueled generators, especially in northern states–where diesel has gelling problems, in winter. At the same time that you buy your generator, you should buy the largest propane tank(s) that you can afford.
Same Day Electric in Boise is a well-known Kohler dealer. They have clients in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, and Nampa.
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In north Idaho, ACI Northwest in Coeur d’Alene is one of the largest Generac dealers.
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If you live within 150 miles of Billings, take a look at TWEnterprises. They’ve been installing backup generators since 1982.
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Do you handload? Check out Montana Gold Bullet. They are located in Kalispell, Montana.
In the Pendleton region, Pendleton Electric Company is quote well-respected. They’ve been in business since 1956.
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For folks living in or near Bend, Summit Power Systems has what you need.
One of the best-known photovoltaics and generator installation companies in the Spokane region is Under The Sun.
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Sheriff Knezovich responds to AG’s letter regarding I-1639. Here is a quote from the news piece:
“Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s letter to sheriffs across the state has Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich shaking his head.
“The bottom line for these letters and for all the explaining suddenly is because this is a very poorly worded law. It had problems to begin with; it shouldn’t of ever have made the ballot,” Knezovich said.
Sheriff Knezovich still believes the initiative, which was approved by nearly 60 percent of Washington state voters last November, is unconstitutional.
“This is a law that’s going to cause a lot of problems for a very long time, and it’s unconstitutional on a few different arms. One is going to be the fact that secure storage isn’t defined and therefore how are you going to charge people with a crime thereof? They did that purposefully; they said ‘we’ll leave it up to the prosecutor’ which gives you a major problem. And that major problem is equal representation under the law,” he said.
In the letter, Ferguson states: “Firearms are not required to be stored in any particular place or any particular way.”
Sheriff Knezovich says even that is flawed.
“Well, that’s very true, but it’s very problematic for his law. Because how can you tell somebody that you’re going to be charged with all of these crimes and then tell them that ‘we’re not going to tell you how to store the weapons and we will just charge you with a crime?’ “
While the sheriff says he’s happy the attorney general finally put some of the points in writing, he still thinks the law will have consequences.
“The people of this state, it doesn’t matter democrat or republican are very upset about this law because it was sold to them as something that it wasn’t. This is going to be a problematic issue for all the politicians moving forward,” added the sheriff.”
High West Energy has locations in Cheyenne and Pine Bluffs. They are experienced in installing generators and generator transfer switches.
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