I'm considering investing in a portable generator to be used as an emergency backup. The main reason for getting a generator is to run my sump pump in the case of a power failure (summer storms). I am currently in the process of installing a Watchdog battery backup sump pump, but the generator would be used in case the power outage lasts longer than the battery.

Can anyone please recommend a decent generator (under $1,000)? Also, where would I run the generator during a rainstorm if the power fails? I heard you cannot run them in the garage AND they cannot be run in the rain. Since those are the only 2 choices available, where can you run it?

Thanks in advance.