This week's power storms serve as a good reminder to always be prepared in the event of a power outage.
A generator can save the day in some cases, keeping the lights on and vital utilities running. But how do you pick the best one for your home?
Hurricane season can wreak havoc on a home.
When Maureen Ball's neighborhood lost power in a hurricane, she gave her husband an ultimatum.
"You know I've just been without heat and electricity for four days, and I said 'I want this generator and I want it now,'" homeowner Ball said.
If you're in the market for backup power, Consumer Reports says you should start by assessing your needs.
"The first thing you need to do is to make a list of the stuff that you absolutely can't live without during a storm," Consumer Reports Home Editor Eric Hagerman said.
Here are a few scenarios to use as a guide, along with some models that topped the tests:
As for the Ball family? They installed a whole-house generator, and the next time there was an outage...
"We kind of smiled, turned on the generator, we walked around and it was wonderful," Ball said.