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The US Electric Grid Just Went Down. Now What Do You Do?

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Could I power my laptop computer, cellphone, refrigerator and freezer with my bicycle? Sounds crazy, but losing contact with Facebook and Twitter and seeing the food in my refrigerator and freezer go bad might provide me with powerful motivation....

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 5:56 am

Terry H (15)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 7:05 am
Fire up the barbeque and cook all the frozen stuff before it goes soggy ;)

. (0)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 3:19 pm
There are small units that can be placed around every electric centre that would counteract an EMP strike. The politicians have been told to tell us that they're too expensive. The problem is that our entire system is predicated on copper wiring.
Of course getting hit with a massive gamma ray strike would remove the problem for the majority of us as none of us would be alive in most places.

Barbara P (1069)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 3:39 pm

Bob P (394)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 3:59 pm
Thanks Frans

David C (127)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 4:31 pm
well it did at our house last year.....made soup......

think of investing in something like a small home solar/wind combination generator?????

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 4:56 pm
As long as we still had gas we could cook on the stove, candles for heat and light and eat up the perishables before they go bad. We still have water here without power so that wouldn't be a problem. Other than that I'm not worried about being without electricity.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 7:07 pm
Going to the sit I found this: "We are currently down for maintenance. Check back soon!" Rofl, a taste of what might be, but then, I would not even get that. Since I don't live in the U.S., we might still be operating. It there is a giant electronic pulse, then and it is permanent, then one goes back to the way life was without electricity which would make modern day life rather inconvenient.

In the 1998 Ice Storm we were without power for 13 days in January, so it made for interesting times to say the least.

Helen Porter (39)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 8:57 pm
Heavens! What will they think up next?

Angela J (61)
Wednesday March 12, 2014, 9:38 pm
Thank you.

Grace Adams (43)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 6:58 am
Willimantic CT is applying for a State of Connecticut state grant towards a micro-grid on two schools which are close enough neighbors to have their campuses touch along their back fences with lots of PV solar on the roofs of the two schools and a combined heat and power (unfortunately diesel) in case there is an emergency without enough sunshine long enough to need it for backup. Does this mean you recommend adding some bicycle powered generators in the two school gyms for students to burn up some of their excess energy generating electricity?

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 10:26 am
Sorry, I should have said site in my last comment and not sit, I failed to add the e.

Of course, if the grid goes off, I prefer it to happen in the warm weather than when the wind chill is howling at -40. That is the point where one wishes one still had a wood stove.

At least the power stayed on during the blizzard last night but if it goes off at least I have a lot of candles.

Sheila D (194)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 12:03 pm
Think I'll start investing in solar lights. My grandchildren think I'm crazy for having all of these printed books. Can read by the solar lights, heat water and cook on my gas stove. Have pretty much everything I need to survive for awhile - only need to buy food, which may be a problem. Then again, couldn't pay my bills online, or have Social Security electronically deposited. Of course, if winter in MN, the windchills alone can kill, any prolonged cold can cause frostbite. Of course the opposite, in summer the heat can also be extra hard on seniors without they make solar run fans anywhere...

Roger G (148)
Thursday March 13, 2014, 2:41 pm
noted, thanks

Nancy C (806)
Friday March 14, 2014, 10:35 am
Many Stars! Well, we had a taste of no power with Hurricane Sandy. I was w/o only 2 days, but my workplace (and we had to work) used battery powered lanterns for 5 days. I have a lantern and b/p candles at home now. I also have printed books GGma Sheila! The most dangerous for me was the highways/roads with no traffic or streetlights. The hospitals and senior homes, schools and orphanages etc should all have power back-up. Times to think ahead with global warming storms even w/o the full grid loss.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Friday March 14, 2014, 8:56 pm
Interesting, sort of like the Care2 butterfly points on the maintenance day, now you see them, now you don't?
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