If you feel like major hurricanes, storms, and fires are becoming more frequent and more destructive today, you’ve got good reason. 2020 has seen record-setting numbers in a variety of areas.

In 2020 (as of October 7), there have been 16 weather disaster events in the U.S. with losses exceeding $1 billion each. These events included 11 severe storm events, 3 tropical cyclone events, 1 drought event, and 1 wildfire event.

Since 1980 the U.S. has experienced 279 weather and climate disasters where costs have reached or exceeded $1 billion (adjusted for inflation). In total, the cost of these 279 events exceeds $1.825 trillion.

Weather Disaster Events 1980-2020



6.8 per year



$44.5B per year

These natural disasters have taken their toll on the power grid–from 2000-2014, major outages (affecting 50,000+ customers) rose 67% nationally. In WPP’s home state of Texas, high winds, lightning, tropical storms, and hurricanes have been the biggest culprits, with heat waves even necessitating rolling blackouts at times for many in the state. 

When a devastating event occurs and you lose power for days on end, the negative consequences can be far-reaching beyond simply not being able to operate:

  • Assets such as perishable goods can be damaged or destroyed.
  • An inability to meet your obligations to clients or customers can cause irreparable reputational damage.
  • You could experience additional costs of having to reboot or restart heavy machinery and other parts of the operation.
  • Health and safety risks mount. For example, having no lighting in a stairwell or machine components breaking or failing with a sudden stop.

Backup power from WPP is the best safeguard against all of these risks, and the time to prepare for the next hurricane season is now. And especially if you’re in an at-risk area, a backup generator will likely pay for itself sooner rather than later.

In the News - Power Outages Caused by Storms

Power Outage Affects Polling Locations in Richland County

  • November 3, 2020

A Dominion Energy power outage had more than a thousands customers without power on the morning of Election Day -- including several polling locations.

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Thousands of Oklahomans Wait for Power to Be Restored

  • November 6, 2020

Nonprofit agency HeartLine 2-1-1 has received nearly 6,000 calls from Oklahomans seeking services including emergency shelter, housing assistance, food, transportation, debris cleanup, and legal assistance.

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148,000 Suffer Outage in Winter Storm in Texas

  • November 5, 2020

Ice, snow, and high winds caused 148,000 Xcel Energy customers to suffer a sustained outage in Texas. Cews replaced more than 1,500 wooden poles, 4,500 cross arms and almost 50 miles of wire and cable.

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Powerful Storm Leaves Path of Power Outages and Flooding for Midwest, Northeast

  • November 16, 2020

Extreme high winds up to 76 mph across the Midwest and northeastern United States led to power outages, property damage, and flooding. By 6 p.m. EST on Sunday, over 800,000 customers in the region were out of power.

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How Does a Backup Generator Work?

With a backup generator installed, when the electricity goes out, you experience no drop in power. The generator will be wired directly into your main panel and when the primary power drops out, a switch automatically and immediately transfers your power source over to the generator. When power is restored, the generator automatically shuts back off and the grid resumes its role as your primary power supply.

Your Backup Generator Works Like This:

  1. You lose power from the utility grid
  2. A signal is sent immediately to your backup generator and switches on automatically
  3. You can continue to operate while grid power is down
  4. When power from the utility grid is restored, your generator shuts down automatically

How WPP Helps Provide Your Backup Power Solution


WPP boasts an incredible inventory of both new and used diesel and natural gas generator sets, engines, and parts. No matter the application or power demand you’re facing, we can help you find the right size generator, with our gensets ranging in size from as low as 20 kW to 2500 kW or more, and engines as low as 150 hp to as high as 4000 hp or more.

We carry a variety of leading brands, including:

  • Caterpillar
  • Cummins
  • HiPower
  • MTU
  • Multiquip
  • IGSA
  • Gillette
  • Olympian

and more. Every generator we sell is thoroughly inspected and load-tested to ensure premium quality.

Generator rental stock at WPP
Generator on truck ready for delivery
Birdseye view of generator inventory at WPP


WPP’s technical expertise is what separates us from other generator companies. Generators are complex pieces of equipment that require a lot of know-how to install, use, and maintain. We pride ourselves on delivering turnkey solutions to our customers so that they can rest easy, knowing their machinery is in good hands.

When you buy a generator from us, WPP can handle everything, with no need for you to deal with multiple companies. We help you size it. We pour the concrete pad. We deliver it, install it, and wire it (or work with your electric contractor, if you prefer). We get you set up with a maintenance schedule, and show you how to take advantage of remote monitoring so that you can know what’s going on with your generator, 24/7, from anywhere in the world. 

We do all this while keeping you within your budget and with as little downtime as possible, and whenever you need us, we’re just a call or email away. 

Generator electrical preparation work on utility pole
Generator being lowered onto concrete pad
Generator arriving on-site for installation
Generator being transported on truck

Why WPP?

WPP (Worldwide Power Products) has been providing power generation products and solutions to the Gulf Coast region and beyond since 2008. We are located in Northwest Houston, from where we’ve been privileged to assist businesses and organizations in Texas, Louisiana, and other areas that have been hit by catastrophic storms in recent years, helping customers navigate power outages and get back on their feet.

WPP Team

Be Prepared – Get Your Custom Power Solution from WPP

As you’re mapping out your backup power strategy, it will be helpful to ask yourself a few questions about your particular situation: 

  • What is the application?
  • Is your standby/backup system optional, or legally required?
  • What are the major loads in your facility?
  • How much power do they require at startup?
  • How long do you want the backup generator to be able to run? 
  • Where do you envision the generator going, and how much space do you have there?
  • Will you need or want any additional equipment (storage tanks, remote monitoring controller, etc.)?

If you don’t know the answers to some, or even all of these questions, don’t worry. One of our team members can walk you through them.