The Power is back on March 18, 2010

I live in an area outside of New York city that was hit by a powerful windstorm on Saturday March 13. Storm Story

Several trees were blown over in my neighborhood and we lost power. The power was out for 4 days. Here is what I learned.

This was not a terrible storm. It was powerful, not long lasting. If a hurricane hits this region we can count on being without power for a week or more. No one will come to tell us what is going on. Thankfully it was not colder weather, if it had been, the pipes in my house would have frozen and done some real damage.

If you have your phone service through your cable company, you won’t have phone service if the power goes out. Get a car charger for your cell phone. A lot of my neighbors had generators, no one offered to help store food. I didn’t ask either. I threw a lot of food away.

My local Trader Joe’s supermarket lost power for four days too. They threw away all perishable items. The freezers were empty today when I went to stock up. If this were a longer lasting wider spread emergency there would be a lot of hungry people all looking for food.

I realized that I am on my own and can not count on the local government to help. I knew this already, but it was nice to see it in action. They didn’t set up shelters or supply food. Or use the emergency broadcast system. Every hotel room for mile around was quickly booked.

I now know that I have to have start writing an emergency plan and get prepared. I knew that already, but I put it in the back of my mind hoping I would never need it. I’ll get on that soon.

It was good practice for my imaginary peak oil survival, end of civilization scenery.

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