Fact: More than 769,000 people went without electricity in Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Isaac. New Orleans suffered six nights of sweat, without air conditioning, refrigeration and coffee makers.
Earlier this year, massive thunderstorms hit over 2 million people in Maryland, West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and New Jersey, leaving them in complete darkness and having to deal with record breaking heat.
People are angry and for good reason. No longer are they impressed by presidents and officials coming and expressing their simpathy. They would rather have good, sustainable power lines. Before it’s too late.
And the rest of us, who haven’t been affected by natural disasters yet, do we really collectively understand what it means to be powerless? Well, basically it’s an entire chain of survival issues.
Running Water. In many areas, pumping stations deliver pressurized water directly to homes and businesses. If the pumping station stops pumping, the water stops flowing. It’s as simple as that. One concern is, in some cases water supply delivery systems can become contaminated if pressure is lost in a power outage. When this occurs, often a boil water advisory will be issued.
Because of the importance of water in an emergency scenario, in almost every case when a long term power outage occurs or is expected, it is vital to store as much water as quickly as possible. After the tap stops flowing, acquiring water becomes much more complex.
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Heating/Cooling. Although most homes will be well insulated against the cold, they often become somewhat of a hot box in warmer climates without electricity to move air via a cooling system or simple fans. That’s why electricity is essential.
Refrigeration. It goes without saying, refrigeration will not function without electricity. Although this is already likely part of any survival plans in any residential home, there are effects of commercial refrigeration that may need to be addressed. All refrigeration of items in grocery stores will fail, and due to the limited insulation will spoil very quickly. Staples such as milk and eggs will not be able to be purchased almost immediately. Medications that require refrigeration will also spoil.
Traffic Flow. Power outages obviously stop traffic lights from functioning. Consider how a single accident at an intersection can affect traffic in several directions for considerable distances. As the auto accidents start to multiply, imagine how it will affect traffic congestion to a larger degree. Add to it considerable frustration by the slow moving traffic and more aggressive individuals may take more risky moves.
Communication. Cell phones must be charged, and will eventually run out of battery power without a way to recharge them (which is easily done).
General Healthcare. Many hospitals, emergency care facilities and larger medical centers have a backup power source; however the average local general practitioner, specialist or dentist does not. Although in a short term emergency where there is no electricity, urgent care will be able to be provided, standard care will not be as accessible. Without easy access to preventive health care, contagious diseases will be more likely to go undiagnosed and spread.
And these are just o few of the consequences followed by power outages.Thing is, unless we all realize that natural disasters will hit, sometimes without warning, and we start taking the proper measures to reduce the damage, America will soon be powerless.
As scary as this may sound, it’s highly probable. We’re all obviously worried about our future. Fortunately, there are still concerned people willing to share their knowledge and help us protect our families against any disasters. Read about people confessing their own fight with emergency situations as well as the best methods to keep your family safe:
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