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#1 White Witch

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 05:47 AM

Do you remember where you were 10 years ago when the eastern sea board had the black out? I was at work and it was crazy trying to get home. Walking 4 blocks in heels after getting close enough to walk home was insane. I remember telling people I worked with at the time, "not that I have anything against you but if I'm going to die I would rather be at home with me family." What a thing to say eh? It was scary. The front door to our apartment building had to be kept open and kids from a few streets over got in and pulled the fire alarm. They were running through our halls. I was so glad when the power came back on early hours of the morning. We were told on the news to stay home but my work place asked me who 'signs your pay cheque?' Jerks. Needless to say I went to work. I just noticed it says our in topic I meant Out LOL too early in the morning to be typing. LOL

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 01:56 PM

I moved this topic to Real Life, which is the better fit.
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Posted 18 August 2013 - 02:53 PM

Luckily, we didn't experience the actual power outage where I live. But, I was 20 years old at the time, going to college and working at Dollar Tree. I don't remember it really affecting us here all that much...I do vaguely remember some possible issues with debit/credit machines being really slow or not working at all. However, I do remember being overly cautious as the first reports that we started hearing about it alluded to the idea that this was caused by terrorists.

So, yeah, it didn't affect me too badly when it actually happened, but as a more mature adult, I look back on it and it does scare me. Our derecho last year further enforced just how fragile our grid really is, and has inspired me, now as a mother, to prepare and become less dependent.
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Posted 20 August 2013 - 05:35 AM

Solar panels would be great to have that is for sure. Wish apartment buildings had them.
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Posted 22 August 2013 - 09:09 PM

We could easily experience more severe blackouts if a solar event happens. Reference the Carrington Event in 1859 as an example.

http://en.wikipedia....r_storm_of_1859

Consider with our reliance on technology, some of which can be disrupted by millivolts of interference how would we survive something like this? Estimates are that large transformers in the power grid would suffer saturated cores leading to them self destructing. Worldwide tens of thousands of these might need replaced if such an event happened. And these days with everything being imported and no US companies making them some estimates are that it could take up to 2 years to get the transformers to completely repair a failure of this magnatude on our power grids. (And as if that's not bad enough, with no power how are the companies that build the transformers going to do the work of making them?) There will be worldwide competition for the few in stock and available. So some peole could be without power for up to 2 years! How about that for a power outage! And historically these events happen, so it's not a matter of "if" but "when".... (2 years of no internet or cell phones.... think civilization can survive?)

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 02:20 AM

It's a good reason to keep a bit of cash hidden in the house in one or more spots. If the power goes out, ATMs, obviously, do not function. Imagine when Katrina hit and people saw their ATMs floating away. Who knows how much cash you might need when suddenly there are limited stocks of food and dry goods?

Stocking water, batteries, canned goods can take up space, but it's handy when something goes wrong.
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Posted 30 August 2013 - 12:57 PM

It's a good reason to keep a bit of cash hidden in the house in one or more spots. If the power goes out, ATMs, obviously, do not function. Imagine when Katrina hit and people saw their ATMs floating away. Who knows how much cash you might need when suddenly there are limited stocks of food and dry goods?

Stocking water, batteries, canned goods can take up space, but it's handy when something goes wrong.

Or a large fishing net to catch a ATM that is attempting to swim away, and a sledge hammer and crow bar..... just to make sure it want swim anymore ;)
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Posted 30 August 2013 - 08:14 PM

Or a large fishing net to catch a ATM that is attempting to swim away, and a sledge hammer and crow bar..... just to make sure it want swim anymore Posted Image


LOL. I'll help out with that!
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Posted 30 August 2013 - 08:31 PM

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LOL. I'll help out with that!

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 12:52 PM

I was living in Ky. I split from my wife and was moving back to MI. The black out took place dure my whole drive and I missed it because I was on the road...lol.
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Posted 17 September 2013 - 05:51 AM

Lucky man to have missed it. The traffic in Toronto was horrible.
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Posted 17 September 2013 - 05:00 PM

Yep....I didn't have a clue about it until after I got to MI...my mom told me the power came back out about a hour before I showed up.
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Posted 31 October 2013 - 01:59 PM

As far as I know, Montreal wasn`t hit. Since we have Hydro-quebec, and our electric company wasn`t on the same loop.
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Posted 31 October 2013 - 11:34 PM

Hydro-quebec


Sounds like a disease you get from rabid badgers...... or really bad Poutine.

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 10:51 AM

LMAO!
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