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Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by Cavalry Doc, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. Cavalry Doc

    Cavalry Doc MAJ (USA Ret.)

    Feb 22, 2005
    Republic of Texas
    Kind of mundane, but people right now are dealing with the loss of electricity and 911 support.

    Are you ready to bug in for a mundane interruption of services?
  2. FatBoy

    FatBoy Millennium Member

    Sep 2, 1999
    Been there done that for over a week in a Maine winter. The 100+F temps must really suck, but below freezing for days on end ain't no fun either.

    No 911 would suck in a major metropolitan area while the looters rule the streets, but out here in the sticks things are different. The better 1/2 and I are both healthcare workers, so minor issues are easily taken care of.


  3. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    In this weather I wouldn't bug in. I would take a little vacation.
  4. dissthis

    dissthis Gun Fan

    Aug 24, 2005
    Marietta, GA
    We would be fine. Prepared plus 30+ miles out side city (Atlanta) limits.
    Will be interesting to watch DC people handle this....
  5. quake

    quake Millennium Member

    Aug 4, 1999
    Arkansas, USA
    Power outages are by far the most-common 'prep' situations we encounter here. Not so much 911 loss, but that could probably be a real problem in a lot of areas.

    Haven't lost power recently, but with this heat I did put the sprinkler hose back up on the roof ridgeline last week. Running light & slow so the water just barely reaches the roofline before evaporating, it makes a huge difference in the roof temperature, which in turn makes a real difference in the a/c's load. Which I guess actually could help alleviate power-grid issues, for that matter.
  6. rwrjr


    May 25, 2007
    Northern VA
    In the middle of it right now sitting here in Northern VA. The lines in our neighborhood are underground but we are fed by above ground lines further away. Those are down in two place with one telephone pole snapped 1/3 from the top. We're likely to be down another day or two, possibly more.

    Preps wise we had everything covered EXCEPT a generator. I've always thought in terms of a longer term SHTF type event that a genny might make too much noise so I never bought one. Sure would like to have one now to keep the fridge and freezer running. As luck would have it we had eaten the freezer down to restocking stage anyway so three bags of ice have kept everything else in there from spoiling.

    Note to eneloop users. Keep 'em charged. :supergrin: We didn't have cell service for about 18 hours so we had to use a radio. Popped in my AA eneloops and nothing. Fortunately this radio also has a dynamo w/ hand crank. Crank worked just as advertised so we were able to find out how bad things really were.

    We have NG so stove top works just fine but even if it didn't we have multiple ways to cook. Had plenty of gas but didn't need it. Had stored water but didn't need it. Ditto food.

    Lesson learned for me, get a decent generator if for no other reason than to keep fridge and freezer running, maybe a light or two, and ability to charge phones for comms. Not critical but a nice to have as the generator will likely cost many multiples of a freezers worth of food.

    All things considered it's been pretty easy, yes a little hot but we're sleeping on cots in the basement where it's relatively cool. If this was a multi-week event I would probably move beds down there. My 7 y/o son thinks it's a grand adventure. We've been playing games and cards with him and he also finds other ways to keep himself occupied if we're busy.

    I'm thinking about this Honda tri-fuel package. Since we have NG I'm thinking of running it out to our lower patio. Anybody have experience with the Honda 3000i?
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2012
  7. Inverters are inexpensive and vehicles cost very little to idle. I powered a tv, fan, lights and cell phone chargers off a very simple to use 400w inverter.

  8. Toyman


    May 6, 2003
    West Michigan
    I bet the people who made fun of preppers feel pretty stupid right now.
  9. rwrjr


    May 25, 2007
    Northern VA
    You would be wrong. Instead they are mad at the power company for not being prepared for an event like this. Even the dingleberry politicians are getting in the blame the power company game. It's truly sad to see just how many idiots I'm surrounded by in the DC area when I read the comments to the stories online. Reminds me of a couple of winters ago when we had "snow-mageddon" and people were *****ing that it took three days to get their neighborhoods plowed.

    Their lack of preparation and just general coping skills is always somebody else's fault.

    I tell you what if the politicians disappeared for a month during an event like this nobody would notice. But electrical workers and street plowers are very missed when it counts.

    Remember that in November. If their name is on the ballot, they perform no useful function, they create or produce nothing of value, and they are likely a self serving idiot regardless of party.
  10. F350


    Feb 3, 2005
    The Wyoming Plains
    too bad D.C. it's self didn't get shut down, we could use a couple weeks of not getting screwed.
  11. Carry16


    Sep 7, 2004
    SW Missouri
    rwrjr - I can't say enough about my Honda EU6500is. I would bet the 3000i is just as good. They are costly, but will run for weeks on end if you need them to and they are truly quiet - you can stand right next to one and talk to your neighbor without shouting.
  12. Dirk Pitt

    Dirk Pitt Millennium Member

    Jan 12, 1999
    I am sure that would not be a problem in Washington D.C. with all the excellent crime control laws they have in effect....:rofl:
  13. gtrcivic

    gtrcivic Hokie Glocker

    Mar 18, 2001
    Northern, VA, USA
    Finally got power today at 2pm. Out since last friday night. I was prepped for everything except for having a generator. Had enough water, gas for grilling, bread/chips, batteries...Next on my list is a generator.
  14. inzone


    Aug 20, 2009
    just saw the news...this is a good wake up call for me when i tend to get complacent and stop prepping.... what if it was 72 hrs or 72 days? put in some more orders for more "beans and bullets" today!
  15. Harbour


    Aug 15, 2007
    Central Coast
    Just curious. During that time that cell service was down, did land lines continue to function?
  16. wheels41


    Jan 20, 2009
    Fortunately, I was ready for this one. Power was out from Friday 7:45pm til Sunday 7:30pm. We used the genny to power fridge, freezer and fan. Candles provided light. One hole was a lack of D cells for a fan at night when the genny was shut-off for a break and security concerns. Another was worry 10 gallons of fuel may not be enough. I managed to get more, but realized I'd let that area lapse. Lesson to my self and others here, don't get complacent in your preps.
    Many, many were suffering and asked when FEMA and other help was going to arrive. Recovery is going very slowly. Many will be without power as late as Saturday. Please pray for those in need.
  17. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

    Sep 16, 2008


    A while back someone here on S&P thumped his chest and said that during a similar week long power outage he toughed it out, while a so called "weak" neighbor "couldn't take it" and decided to take a vacation.

    I think one of the best preps in a long term event like this is the means and ability to get away from a bad situation post SHTF.

    Yea lets spend a week huddle around a fan on a hot summer day, burning hundred of dollars of fuel in your generator to keep fans running, the lights on, and the fridge running, all while sleeping in shifts with a shotgun waiting for looters, and to protect your family.

    Or spend the week on a Beach or in Disneyworld, having fun with your family, relaxing, and sleeping in hotel bed with free A/C, wifi and Cable.

    Your choice :dunno:
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2012
  18. pugman


    May 16, 2003
    While I have no concern with neighbors on the other hand are another story.

    Two weeks ago we lost power for four hours. Some idiot ran into the transformer's pole which powers this side of the lake.

    Robin, our town clerk, received over 300 emails and 150 phone calls in a two hour period of time. People complaining about everything from food in their fridge to the storm which was coming later that evening and not being able to get weather reports.

    Some people I know drove to friend's houses in the city who still had power; this happened around 5:30 at night so it wasn't that hot.

    It was the talk of my neighbors for a week...over a four hour power loss?

    Seeing how people handled this I went out and bought an extra shotgun for my wife...people freaked out this bad
  19. Haldor

    Haldor Retired EE

    Oct 22, 2006
    Central Arizona
    Lost Power Friday night and we are just fine.

    Fired up the 5.5KW generator a couple of hours morning and evening. The whole house fan keeps the temperature bearable so we can get some sleep at night. Refrigerator works, lights in every room, microwave oven, coffee maker. It was pretty hot and humid, but we survived. No generator and life would be a lot less comfortable

    We have lost power 3 times in summer and twice in winter in the last 5 years. Longest period without power was Hurricane Ike (5 days). This time we only had a 2 day outage.

    The key to living comfortably though a power outage is to have a generator big enough to run the gas furnace that is wired into the house wiring (transfer switch or generator lockout). Being able to turn on any light switch you want is very nice. We can live without AC (a whole house fan is a good enough), but no heat in the winter would force us out.

    A generator interlock is a lot cheaper than a transfer switch and works just as well (assuming you have a compatible breaker box). I have one of these combined with a 30 AMP back-fed breaker for my generator and it has worked great through 5 power outages so far.

    Last edited: Jul 3, 2012