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Friday, March 04, 2011

Lessons Learned From Cristchurch, NZ

H/T:  The Surviivalist Bog
Here's more food for thought from the Christchurch earthquake.  Are you ready?
We are now on day 7, and some major long-term problems are emerging. Despite the huge wake-up call in September, and the constant reminders since, many people were not prepared, especially in terms or stored food and water. I suspect people thought that, having survived the first earthquake, that it couldn’t possibly happen again.
I can't imagine going seven days without life's "necessities".  We've gone without electricity for up to three days a few times.  Nothing more serious.  We had a good roof over our heads and walls 'tween us and the elements.  It was just like camping out - Indoors.

Now days, I am dependent on electricity for a bit more than just comfort.  I use a machine called a CPAP to help me breath at night and another to generate supplemental oxygen.  By experience, I know I can survive without either, but I am pretty much wasted the next day from lack of sleep.  A generator is NOT an option in the foreseeable future.  Hmmmm!  Batteries?  Kinda like a UPS for the life-support equipment.

UPSs are generally considered short-term solutions to bridge electrical outages lasting no more than a few minutes or even hours. For longer duration outages, businesses look to generators or motor-generator sets to start up and provide power for the long haul.  Batteries and generators require maintenance, just like anything else.  Batteries and generators can produce dangerous gases and generators are pretty noisy beasts to be running in a residential area, such as our apartment complex.

Another, related issue.  The two devices I'm speaking of do not accept 12VDC battery power.  They require an inverter that introduces extra complexity and inefficiency to the arrangement, shortening battery life.

As I understand things, many will just die following a prolonged, wide-spread electrical outage.  No life-support equipment, no life.  If you can't get out of Dodge, you're stuck.  That's a "cheerful" thought!

I'm not there, yet.  Something to think about.  Something to do something about.

God Bless Ya'll !

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