Mental Reset: Electricity Not Reliable Anymore

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from: Longevity Explorers | Saratoga Retirement Community

Discussion Summary

Explorer Nan observed that during recent PG&E power outages, cell carriers' towers failed in spots. Another commented that "The power is out - nothing works. What can I do when I can't count on electricity?"

The group discusses this challenging situation, with a variety of suggestions emerging:

  • Emergency battery lamps, even an emergency food and water supply.          
  •  More generally, how can we learn to deal with these inconveniences? They need not be catastrophies.
  • Think for yourself vs. expecting others to do it for you. 
  • Extended days of outage pose a real problem for invalids - we should think through a plan. 
  • Buy books and a headlamp so we can read during an extended outage.

All agree that adequate preparation requires advance thinking, and commonly mentioned items include an emergency kit as well as water storage. One member closes by remembering that his mother had been a worrier, and that if she didn't have anything to worry about - she worried about that.




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Key words: 
emergency preparedness, power failure, CERT