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Power outages drag on in D.C. region

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    Me too. 3 months at one point, but that was in another country. Longest here has been a day or so, but have never forgotten to keep things like solar showers, water filtration systems, tents, aid bags, flashlights, a BUNCH of batteries, 10 gallons of gas with stabilizer that gets rotated, and 3 full propane tanks, with a fourth being used. Lots of food too. Much of that is not dehydrated, to cut down initially on water needs.
     
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    We lose it about 2 days a year on average. Had one storm a few years ago where we were out for 3 on for one out for 2 more.

    NBD for me. I had a great time. Cooked in my fireplace. The storm washed up and incredible amount of seafood on to the beach if you had the chutzah to go get it. Had it been a long term thing, well lets just say "there are few enough game wardens around in the good weather".

    "Country Boy can survive"

    DC area without power????? Not on your freaking life.
     
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    If I had my preference I would choose to be without power during the winter months. I now have a generator but I bought it after our last stint without power that lasted over two weeks due to a major ice storm. I was amazed at the number of people that lost all of their refrigerated and frozen food due to lack of power when they had a natural freezer right outside their door.
     
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    Agree with winter, for obvious reasons. .....[​IMG]

    I've got a Freezerator It's on wheels, and as an added trick, the upper portion is a refrigerator, that will actually heat the compartment if it approaches freezing. Which is not often a problem here :supergrin:

    http://www.800hightech.com/gladiator-garageworks-freezerator-convertible-refrigerator-freezer.html
     
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    It's sad how spoiled people have gotten. They should live for a while in some less advanced part of the world where outages are routine.
     
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    The issue isnt so much a lack of convenience. It hit 104 degrees today, and DC is not known for having a dry heat. Such conditions can be a real problem for some, especially the elderly.
     
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    Drink however much you need to in order to have a full bladder every 2 hours.
     
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    I'm luckier than most.:banana:

    During the storm my lights flickered and I had to reset my alarm clock.:yawn:

    I've been only slightly inconvenienced by surprise traffic jams at places like gas stations and at McDonalds, because many businesses are closed.

    A few traffic lights out caused some traffic pileups but every day more of these get fixed.

    I hear horror stories from friends and neighbors, and I see many people out walking in 90 degree heat, something which used to be rare.
    I've had folks drop in at home and at work just to recharge their cellphones and sit in front of the AC (which I have cranked to the max):cold:

    Glad I don't live on some eleventh floor without power.:faint:

    I grew up in Floriduh, mostly without air conditioning.
    It's not so bad if you remain acclimated to it.
    We opened lots of windows in the shade.:suntan:
     
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    Been through a couple of ice storms in NW AR 7-10 days without power. Having to walk a mile up hill to get to my truck to get to work and the store. Glad I have a wood burning stove and has runs on propane.
     
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    I have a generator- mainly used for camping but I can use it to power the fridge/freezer if needed. Wouldn't power A/C. But I have a pool to cool down in if needed. When I first moved where I'm at -anytime we had a storm or big blow like clockwork we'd loose power. Worse was about 9 hours. That was before pool/an generator. Now I even have the fridge in the camper as emergency backup. Unfortunately those folks back east for the most part are city folk that have no clue on how to survive! Some lessons need to be learned the hard way. Some times those lessons unfortunately may cost your life!:faint: Good old mother nature is sometime a cruel teacher.
     
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    You don't even have the backup battery un your alarm clock? Guess you won't be on any upcoming episodes of Doomsday preppers. :supergrin:
     
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    You can learn a lot from living a couple months outside. Done that several times in deserts and Bavaria. Summer and winter in both environments.


    Little tip. Take a 1 liter plastic bottle with clean water in it. Pull a
    Fairly thick sock over it with the opening of the sock and bottle at the same end. Keep the sock wet. Evaporation will keep your water a about 20 degrees cooler. Makes it much easier to drink more.
     
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    Actually, I also have a battery operated alarm clock but the clock radio's alarm goes off first.:supergrin:
     
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    Gave me an unexpected day off. Work is at a facility in Arlington.

    I live in Western Loudoun. I called in my power outage the minute it happened, around 10p Fri night. It was on 9a the next morning. I was lucky, maybe because I called in so soon, and first in line.

    People around the corner from me are not so lucky and have been out since then.
     
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    Haven't seen any reports of looting in DC or the other affected areas. I hope that is the case. It would be nice if people actually behaved for once.
     
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