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  • when the power goes out
    disgusted fed who hopes to hold out until retirement
    In our particular city, the power company HATES to put in underground power. (I think they must get some kind of tax break for bringing in extra people and equipment to help.) When Hugo went through in 1989, only the places with underground power were good to be in (the uptown area and an outlying, large, mall). No one lived in either place. We didn't have any cash on us, needed food. Took a long (2 hour for a 30 minute drive because of the downed trees) trip to the mall because they had an ATM that worked, and a Burger King (!!!) that was nearby which was able to serve food!!! Our neighborhood is one of the oldest, and we were last to get power. I think it was 6 weeks or something. Thankfully the firm I worked for uptown (underground power) had a shower I could use. The school systems didn't get power for 2 weeks +, and those of us who could, sent our children to stay with relatives who were in areas not hit. Several people were killed attempting to cut up trees. We do have a generator; hopefully we will be able to pump gas somewhere.
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  • DC's underground wires; repairs took longer
    When DC had fairly recent fires among the underground wires, it took a lot longer to fix the wires than the above ground stuff. So, while I like trees, colour me unconvinced that under-grounding the wires is the solution.
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  • Power out
    If the power goes out at my house, we have a generator that runs the whole house and a 300 gallon gas tank. So we are good to go. However, that doesn't help us if the internet, cell towers and radios/TV stations go out. We didn't get one of the fancy starts on it's own generators as those are about $10,000, but got a nice portable for $2,000 that still runs the whole house, we just have to start it. Why? The last major power outage in our area was when a train rolled back off the Great Divide into town. Boom! When it hit the main yard. A train axel landed a mile away. Power was out for most of town for a couple of days, further out up to 6 days. Why such an issue? It was 42 degrees below zero at the time. No power, all the pipes in your house freeze. Including one friend who had hot water heat and had to gut his entire house to fix it. A generator wouldn't help if you were too close to the tracks, as people were evacuated due to chemicals.
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  • Power out at work?
    Power goes out at work, go home. Once the batter runs out on the lap top, we are done. If you have power at home, you can drag things home and still work, but for 1 day or part of a day, why bother.
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  • When the power goes off
    Federal agencies have contingency plans to get back up an running in the event of a natural disaster, like tornado, hurricane, fire, etc. However, if the power grid goes down in a particular area of the country, Katie bar the door. Not many feds are going to be able to do their jobs without electricity. There will be no heat or cooling in offices. Alarm systems will not function. Computer networks and phone systems will not function. Hey, I've seen the Bruce Willis movie "Live Free or Die Hard" and this scenario will quickly prove who is an essential vs non-essential employee.
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  • Are the COOP plans electronic or printed?
    And, do the employees have more understanding of what's in than stay home/come in?
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  • Plan B
    We've had a 6,000 watt gas-powered generator stashed under the back stairs for the better part of a decade. It's enough to power a lot of outlets to things like table lamps, TVs and at least one refrigerator at a time. It came in very handy during Hurrican Isabel. We're not survivalists by any stretch of the imagination but we also have a Red Cross, three-day, emergency backpack in the trunk of each car. It goes without saying that my wife hates stumbling over it when she puts the grocery bags in the trunk of her car. Ironically, my agency is running continuity of operations (COOP) exercise this week.
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