There are blackouts and brownouts here in Cayo but it’s becoming less frequent.
In the summer, when most people have their air-conditioning on, we have a few more blackouts and brownouts. We typically experience blackouts once or twice a month but at times we go for 3 months and have no blackouts.
The length of the blackout depends on what happened. We had an incident recently where somebody knocked down a pole, which of course had to be replaced so the power was off for about 6 hours. Most of the time, however, blackouts are less than an hour.
The power company also does scheduled blackouts as well but they warn people prior to the event. They announce it on the radio and other news media including a text to my phone to let us know so we can be prepared.
Having a backup generator is not a necessity but we built the generator house and have provided an auto switch in our electrical plan and now all we need is the money to put the generator in. Depending on the size generator it can be quite expensive. Most Belizeans just make sure that they have everything they need and want so they can keep their refrigerators shut and then get Daddy to take them out to dinner!
(Logo for Belize Electric Company, pictured.)