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From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/26/09 10:13 AM 
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Tips to prepare for possible loss of power

Tips:

  • If someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered medical equipment, plan for back up power or make arrangements to relocate.
  • Purchase or stock up on ice to cool items in your refrigerator and freezer.
  • If you use an electric water pump, make adequate provisions for water for the day.
  • If you have a cordless telephone, it may not be operable during the power outage.

Once the power is off:

  • Open your refrigerator only when necessary.
  • Keep the blinds closed during the day to keep the house cooler, or keep them open if you want the house warmer.
  • Conserve your hot water.
  • If the weather is pleasant, you may wish to open windows.
  • Turn off or unplug electrical appliances and sensitive electronics, such as air conditioners, stoves, televisions and computers.
  • Motorists that an intersection where traffic lights are not working, the intersection should be considered a 4-way stop.

If you plan to use a portable generator:

  • Use it in a well-ventilated area.
  • Never run it inside, even in a garage.
  • Plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy duty, properly grounded extension cords.
  • Do not connect the generator to your home's main fuse box or circuit panel.
  • Limit the number of appliances you use to no more than the recommended wattage of the generator
  • Read all instructions carefully and follow all manufacturer instructions.

When power is restored: Check to ensure all appliances are plugged back in and turned off. Remember to reset your clocks, video players and other electronic devices, such as a security alarm system.

Downed lines:

  • If you see a line down, stay away.
  • Do not touch it or attempt to move it.
  • Call your local electrical utility emergency number immediately.
  • Edited February 13, 2021 5:19 pm  by  EdGlaze
 
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From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/26/09 10:14 AM 
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Loss of Utilities

Disaster can bring about loss of utilities such as electricity, gas and water can be of major inconvenience for the average family but for individuals who are dependant on power operated medical equipment this can be a matter of life or death. Loss of utilities can occur for several reasons: severe weather, blackouts and equipment failure to name a few.

The following links will provide information on preparing for loss of utility services. All links open in a new browser window.

  1. Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/keeping_food_Safe_during_an_emergency/index.asp

  2. Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems: Responding to Electrical Power Outages and Floods

  3. Portable Generator Hazards
    Texas Cooperative Extension
    Consumer Product Safety Commission
    http://fcs.tamu.edu/housing/disaster_preparedness/pdf/portable_generators.pdf

  4. Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes
    American Red Cross
    http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/0,1082,0_579_,00.html

  5. Safety Information for Short-Term Power Outages or "Rolling Blackouts"
    American Red Cross
    http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/0,1082,0_133_,00.html
 

 
From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/26/09 10:14 AM 
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Power Outage Tips for Business

When outages occur, your electricity provider will work to restore power as quickly as possible.

While more than 65 percent of all outages are corrected in two hours or less, even an hour without electricity can affect your business, especially if you’re unprepared.

Here are some tips on how to prepare for outages, minimize disruptions and protect your equipment.
  • Walk through a response plan with key employees to make sure you’re ready if your business loses power.
  • Locate your electrical supply panels and know how to shut off power.
  • Identify equipment power switches.
  • Make sure you and your staff have an outage plan for all critical equipment.
  • Maintain emergency lighting.
  • Create and maintain an emergency kit that includes the following items:
    • Flashlights
    • Battery-powered radio
    • Battery-powered clocks
    • Emergency phone numbers
    • Extra batteries
    • Bottled water (if you rely on electricity to pump water)
  • Pay attention to storm warnings and be prepared.

Safeguard your critical equipment
Use the following pointers in protecting valuable equipment and compensating for power loss.

Before an outage
  • Cash registers: Have a nonelectrical alternative as a backup.
  • Computers: Protect computers from power surges with good quality surge protectors. Prevent data loss with automatic backup programs and battery backup systems.
  • Electronic door locks: Ensure these can be bypassed manually.

During an outage
  • Motorized equipment: Turn equipment off to reduce the electrical load when power is restored.
  • Refrigeration: Keep refrigerators and freezers closed to minimize food loss. Freezers, when full, can keep food frozen for about two days if unopened.
  • Ventilation: Do not attempt to operate machinery if ventilation, safety or fire suppression systems are not working.

Consider back-up power
Does your business need a back-up power supply? Here’s how to decide.
  1. Identify critical business functions and equipment.
  2. Estimate the financial impact from loss of power to those functions.
  3. Weigh this cost against the expense of purchasing and installing a back-up power system.

For a referral to electric contractors who can provide you with options, call your electricity provider.

What to do if the power goes out

  • Check for blown fuses or tripped circuits. If these are okay, see if neighboring businesses are without power.
  • Call your electricity provider immediately. You may be asked for information, or you may hear a message if the situation has already been reported. Please call only once to keep lines open for other customers.
  • Turn off electrical equipment, especially machinery with motors, to reduce the electrical load when power is restored.
  • Listen to a battery-powered radio for updates on major storm outages.
  • Call your electricity provider again if power is restored to neighboring businesses but not yours.
  • If your lights are very dim or bright once power is restored, or if some equipment doesn’t operate properly, turn off the power at the service panel and call your electricity provider.
 

 
From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/26/09 10:15 AM 
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CPSC Warns of Dangers After a Hurricane or Power Outage Hits

Bethesda, MD - During Hurricane Preparedness Week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to take steps to safeguard their families when using a portable generator. If your power is out due to a hurricane, or for any reason, operating your generator safely can mean the difference between life and death.

The exhaust from generators contains poisonous carbon monoxide, an odorless, invisible killer. "The amount of carbon monoxide from one generator is equivalent to hundreds of idling cars," said CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton. "Carbon monoxide from a portable generator can kill you and your family in minutes."

In 2005, at least 55 people died from carbon monoxide poisoning associated with portable generators. The aftermath of last year's four major hurricanes resulted in a majority (28) of those deaths.

CPSC urges consumers to follow these safety tips when operating a portable generator after a storm or other event that has caused a power outage:

  • Never use a portable generator indoors, including in your home, garage, basement, crawlspace, shed or partially-enclosed area ¿ even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO buildup in the home.
  • Only use a portable generator outdoors in a dry area far away from doors, windows and vents that can allow CO to come indoors.
  • Install battery-operated CO alarms or plug-in CO alarms with battery back-up in your home. Test the alarms frequently and replace dead batteries.
  • Get to fresh air right away if you start to feel dizzy or weak. The CO from generators can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death.
  • Plug appliances into a heavy duty, outdoor-rated extension cords and plug the cords into the generator.
  • If you are concerned about theft, secure your generator outside.

 

To reach consumers with this information, CPSC has developed new warning labels for newly manufactured generators. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has adopted the same labels in its new procedure for certifying portable generators. Any manufacturer that wants the UL certification will have to place the new warning label on its generators. Generators must also have ground fault circuit interrupters to prevent electrocution if they get wet.

CPSC Chairman Stratton said, "If we can keep people from using a generator indoors, in a partially-enclosed area or anywhere close to their home, these labels have done their job."

Last fall, Stratton directed CPSC staff to undertake a comprehensive safety review of portable generators. That review is ongoing.

  • Edited August 14, 2016 12:47 pm  by  EdGlaze
 

 
From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/26/09 10:15 AM 
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Safety Tips for Emergency Lighting
and Heating During Power Failures

In recent years very few people have frozen to death in their homes. However, many people have suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning, smoke inhalation or burns incurred through the inappropriate use of emergency devices.

When your power is out, you may be introducing potential hazards to your home so you must take extra precautions to make sure that everyone stays safe.

Candles

If you use candles, make sure you keep them away from all combustible materials. Never leave them unattended and place them out of reach of young children. Candles should be placed in solid, secure candle holders and protected by a glass chimney.

Try to avoid walking with a lit candle or taking it into a closet to look for things. Use a flashlight.

Never leave a child unattended in a room with a candle or oil lamp.


Oil lamps

Oil lamps or lanterns provide excellent light but can be a fire hazard if placed too close to combustibles. Keep oil lamps away from combustibles and out of the wind. Make sure they are kept in a secure place where they cannot be knocked over. Refill the lamps outdoors or away from combustibles and other people.

Before going to bed make sure that all candles and lamps are out.


Matches and lighters

Keep all matches and lighters out of sight and reach of children, preferably in a locked cabinet.

Before the Power Comes Back On

Make sure that all stove elements and ovens are OFF and that nothing has been left on top of the stove.

Unplug all small appliances and electronics, such as irons, toasters, toaster ovens, kettles, microwave ovens, curling irons, computers, stereos and video equipment.

Make sure you unplug all motor-driven appliances and equipment, such as refrigerators, freezers and washing machines. When the power is restored, plug them back in one at a time, at 15 minute intervals.

Smoke Alarms

Test your smoke alarms. If a fire starts in your home while you are asleep, you want to know about it immediately. Some homes are equipped with electrically connected smoke alarms that may not work when the power is out. Make sure your home has a battery-operated smoke alarm on every level.

It is a good idea to have a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector.


Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas that can be deadly. This toxic gas is a by-product of the incomplete combustion of fuesl such as natural gas, oil, gasoline or wood.

Installing a carbon monoxide alarm near the sleeping areas of your home will alert you to the presence of this deadly gas. It is a good idea to invest in a battery operated alarm that will continue to work during power failures.

Heating and Cooking

Think carefully before you bring a fuel-burning appliance into your home. Any device that burns fuel requires oxygen to provide complete combustion and ventilation to remove the products of combustion. Any device fueled by natural gas, propane, heating oil, kerosene, coal, charcoal, gasoline or wood produces carbon monoxide.

  • Use only portable space heaters that have been designed for indoor, residential use.
  • Before using a portable heater, review the manufacturer's recommendations for usage and follow the instructions carefully. Only use the fuel for which the appliance was designed.
  • When using the heater, provide adequate ventilation by opening a window slightly.
  • Before refueling, turn off the heater, wait for it to cool and take the heater outside to refill.
  • Never use propane or charcoal barbecues indoors. They are designed for outdoor use only. It is preferable to eat a cold meal than die from carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Keep all heaters at least 1M (3 feet) away from combustible materials including drapes, carpeting and furniture.
  • Turn portable space heaters off when you are not in the room and before you go to bed.
  • If you are using a wood stove, be careful with the ashes. Always empty ashes into a covered metal container and store them outside away from combustibles.
  • If you have not used your fireplace or woodstove for a long time, have it checked by a professional technician before using it. Your chimney may be blocked or damaged, which could cause a fire or a build-up of carbon monoxide inside the home.
  • Generators should not be brought inside the home for any reason.
  • Before going to bed, do a quick check of every room to make sure candles are out and heaters are off. Wear several layers of clothing to preserve body heat.

Home Escape Planning

Good fire safety planning includes knowing two ways out of your home. In a winter storm, your exits may become blocked by snow or fallen trees, or be frozen shut by ice. Try your exits to make sure they are accessible.

Inform everyone in your home about the fire safety rules they must follow. Conduct regular safety checks of each room and keep a watchful eye on children and older adults. Make sure everyone knows the fire escape plan.

If you are aware of someone living alone nearby, check with them to make sure they are safe.

 

 
From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/26/09 10:16 AM 
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Battery-powered TVs useless this storm season
by Mary Tuma
Houston Chronicle

Without power for 12 days during Hurricane Ike, Houston secretary Donna Clanton relied on her battery-powered TV for news updates, road closings and notices of flooded intersections.

“Actually seeing what was happening made me feel more connected and a little less isolated,” Clanton said.

But portable sets, which played an instrumental role in connecting Houstonians to the outside world during Ike’s lengthy power outages, are now useless, thanks to the digital conversion.

Though Americans were given four extra months to prepare for the nationwide switch from analog to digital signals, the conversion date last week coincided with the advent of this year’s hurricane season, creating challenges for those like Clanton, who depend on battery-operated sets during emergencies

Because digital converter boxes are plugged into the wall, on-the-go analog TV sets won’t function during a blackout. The audio from analog TV broadcasts received on radios are now tuned out, as well. [Battery operated radios will still receive radio broadcasts. Those with generators can plug in their converter boxes and TV sets to get TV broadcasts.]

In September, former Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin warned of a possible shortage of battery-operated digital TV equipment and called on groups such as the Consumer Electronic Association to encourage their availability.

FCC spokeswoman Edie Herman said the agency was both concerned and prepared from the outset for residents who rely on portable sets during emergencies.

“The question of battery-powered TVs came to our mind very early on,” she said, “and so the people trying to help and educate consumers with the change were aware of the issue, too.”

Your options

The only portable analog sets that have the potential to be kept alive are ones with an antenna port, typically absent on older or smaller models. These TVs must be combined with supplemental devices to get a picture.

For instance, a Winegard DTV battery pack, which uses six D batteries, works exclusively with the Venturer-brand converter box and can be hooked up to an antenna to access the digital signal. Herman suggests visiting dtv.gov for instructions and other options, like building a 12-volt battery pack or using car charger outlets for power.

Otherwise, a digital battery-powered set is the best option.

Christopher McLean, executive director of the Consumer Electronics Retailers Coalition, said nearly all the members in the nonprofit association, including Best Buy, RadioShack and Target, offer battery-operated digital TVs on their web sites.

“These niche types of market devices, such as the battery-powered digital sets, take a long time to develop,” said Stephen Lee, a Houston-based resident agent with the FCC Enforcement Bureau. “But the market is doing pretty well at taking over and filling in where those are needed.”

More expensive

With a starting price of more than $100, customers rightly experience “sticker shock” when replacing their old sets, said Joel Kelsey, a policy analyst for Consumers Union, the organization that publishes Consumer Reports.

“This is a big problem, and it has been talked about for some time,” Kelsey said. “The price points on most of these devices are still very high and not comparable to older portable sets.”

Clanton plans on waiting for the prices to drop before purchasing a new TV and will rely on her radio for updates in the event of an outage.

Delmar Buchanan, television supervisor at Best Buy on Old Katy Road, noticed both the lag in reliable technologies and increased customer awareness.

“Early last year, three or four models came out, but they all got returned. The manufacturers were still figuring out the technology,” Buchanan said. “Finally, in March, a few models showed up again. This time they were more dependable.”

A considerably less expensive option for residents are NOAA Weather Radios, which continually update severe weather warnings.

“Not only will your battery last longer, but radio signals are easy to receive and are not interrupted as frequently as the alternative,” Kelsey said.

 

 

 
From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host12/26/09 10:16 AM 
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How do I connect my portable, battery-powered analog TV to a battery-powered digital-to-analog converter box?

The http://www.digitaltvtrainer.com/national/showme-battery-tv-converter website provides the following instructions on how to connect a portable, battery-powered analog TV to a battery-powered digital-to-analog converter box. Note that the instructions are manufacturer and model-specific.

  • How to build a 12 volt power supply for a 12 volt converter
  • How to build a simple 12 volt converter box power supply that has a plug just for the converter box
  • How to build a simple 12 volt converter power supply wired to a car power accessory outlet
  • How to build a power supply for converter boxes powered by 5 volts DC
  • How to watch the battery TV with the converter box
  • How to purchase a converter box and a matching battery power supply
 

 
From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host7/30/16 4:47 PM 
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The Top 10 "Wake-Up Calls" For Non-Preppers
During A Grid-Down Collapse
by Jeff Anderson
 

 

1. You look outside your window and only see darkness.

Our government has admitted that our electrical grid is being held together by little more than duct tape and bubble gum.

We’ve had events as “harmless” as a tree branch falling five states away cause entire regions of the U.S. to go black.

Without power, without street lights, urban environments become a pitch-black nightmare when the sun goes down.

2. Your family is complaining of being hungry and thirsty all the time.

With grocery stores picked clean and chaos still ruling the world outside your home, you’ll be left to survive with only what you’ve collected so far.

In some scenarios, without electricity to run the city’s pumps (or your well), there won’t be any water coming out of your faucet.

Even if there is, if the utility infrastructure collapses and water treatment fails, the water coming out of your pipes could be dangerously contaminated and come out brown and smelling like chemicals or sewage.

People can only live 3 days without water — even less in hot, stressful conditions.

Even for survivalists who hoarded food and water early, you won’t want to run through your stockpile too soon so rationing will be a big part of your response plan… and you’ll need to make hard decisions.

For non-preppers, it will be much worse!

3. Your toilet is smelling up the house.

With no water, there’s no indoor plumbing. But non-preppers will still try to use their toilets which will soon be useless and begin to stink up their house.

YOU will be forced to find another means of getting rid of what’s coming out of your body.

4. You have no access to an ambulance.

In a disaster, critical injuries are more common but your local paramedics will be overwhelmed with the amount of casualties.

You may be the one who’s responsible of whether your child lives or dies from their wounds.

Basic first aid skills may not be enough if there’s massive bleeding.

5. Fires are burning uncontrolled.

With more people turning to alternative means of cooking and heating in their homes, the probability of fires skyrockets.

But as firefighters are called on to assist with crisis response throughout the area, flames will overtake homes and spread.

6. Mobs are moving from house to house — looting, smashing, and burning.

Police departments are manned based on peacetime needs and not prepared for an all-out collapse.

With the anger and frustration over not being “taken care of”, local residents can turn mean and decide to take things into their own hands.

In a collapse, there’s no more law.

7. You pick up the phone to call 9-1-1 and the line is dead.

Remember the “old days” when the power went out but your phone still worked?

Well, with the “advancements” of internet lines, most phones now are all delivered digitally and almost nobody uses land-lines anymore.

In a collapse, if your computer goes down, so does your phone — and the cell networks will quickly become overloaded and drop your signal.

Your trusty smartphone will be useless.

Even if you do get through to emergency services, police will be outnumbered and rendered practically useless.

Many police officers will be forced to abandon their posts and look after their own families and as looting spreads to your area, YOU could be the only thing protecting your family.

8. You feel unsafe at home.

Most people think they can just wait out a disaster.

But what if a hostile force is heading your way?

Or the looting mobs spread to your home and there’s no back-up from law enforcement to protect you?

It’s a sad fact that most people will realize they have not choice but to get out of Dodge until it’s too late.

9. You look for an escape but there’s no way out.

Without a proper bug-out bag, most people will be scrambling around trying to collect all their belongings to evacuate the area.

This takes up critical time you need to get ahead of the masses.

Amidst the chaos, roadways will be jammed with fleeing citizens and stalled cars that have broken down or run out of gas.

Highways will look more like giant parking lots.

You’re stuck where you are.

10. Traveling outside your home becomes too dangerous.

As a sense of frustration, fear, and hopelessness sets in among your fellow townsfolk, even good people can turn bad.

Desperate people do desperate things to survive — like attacking others for food after asking… then begging… yields nothing for their families.

All travel, even over short distances, will be too risky if you don’t have your go-bag ready and can get out the door before the highways turn into parking lots.

At that point — faced with hordes of desperate citizens in chaos — the odds greatly increase that you could be killed if you venture out.

Preparing To Survive A Collapse…

In a grid-down collapse, if you haven’t made preparations… if you haven’t stockpiled supplies… if you don’t have a PLAN… you won’t have a prayer of surviving!

Plain and simple.

The time to put your personal "action plan" together is right now.

 

 
From: EdGlaze DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/16/17 12:54 PM 
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  • Edited February 13, 2021 5:22 pm  by  EdGlaze
 

 
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