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Prepping for the PSPS
Posted by: wave rider
Date: October 26, 2019 01:48PM
I was not affected by the first series of Public Safety Power Shutoffs but I am due at 7PM tonight.

Am downloading some Netflix to the iP6 grande. Not the best movie experience but better than nothing.

Charging batteries for my headlamp. Multi-fuel Coleman Lantern is already hanging in the kitchen, its usual place. Will be grinding some coffee beans even though I can run the grinder with one of my UPSs. And the UPSs I have come with a USB port and is said to be good for seven or so phone charges. Plenty of eneloop AAs for my transistor radio, world series and NPR are a must!

Did not buy any fresh food but am hopeful the frig stays cold enough for half 'n' half and yogurt for the next few days. Not expecting a natural gas shutdown, so steel cut oatmeal is still in play. Already have a few eggs veggie sausages for a meal as well as some canned soup. I will not starve immediately…

Anyone else joining in the fun?



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Re: Prepping for the PSPS
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: October 26, 2019 01:51PM
Why does this happen again?




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Re: Prepping for the PSPS
Posted by: freeradical
Date: October 26, 2019 02:01PM
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Why does this happen again?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind.
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Re: Prepping for the PSPS
Posted by: wave rider
Date: October 26, 2019 02:07PM
Pacific Gas & Electric has decided to cut power so none of their equipment will spark a fire. Many of us think they have been bereft of their power-line maintenance and clearing away brush.

To PG&E's credit, the "wind event" taking place in Northern California (probably Oregon too) has been labeled "generational" in nature. Hot, dry, 50-70 mph winds over wide swathes of land, could be bad…



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Re: Prepping for the PSPS
Posted by: RgrF
Date: October 26, 2019 02:13PM
They've already announced responsibility for a fire raging in LA County that's taken down a dozen homes so far. They resisted taking responsibility for decades knowing it would lead to bankruptcy, which it has.
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Re: Prepping for the PSPS
Posted by: GGD
Date: October 26, 2019 02:27PM
If your stove had electric spark igniters you might need matches or a butane lighter/fire starter to light it.

With more lead time, turn the fridge and freezer to their coldest setting and fill empty plastic soda bottles with water and put as many as you can in the freezer, and fridge to displace air, and retain the cold for longer periods.

I did all of this prepping last time but in the end they didn't turn off my power (but did turn it off about 1000' up the road).
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Re: Prepping for the PSPS
Posted by: wave rider
Date: October 26, 2019 02:47PM
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GGD
If your stove had electric spark igniters you might need matches or a butane lighter/fire starter to light it.

With more lead time, turn the fridge and freezer to their coldest setting and fill empty plastic soda bottles with water and put as many as you can in the freezer, and fridge to displace air, and retain the cold for longer periods.

I did all of this prepping last time but in the end they didn't turn off my power (but did turn it off about 1000' up the road).

Good ideas! I have pilot lights on the stove and a gas water heater so I should not suffer too much… smiling smiley
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Re: Prepping for the PSPS
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: October 26, 2019 05:26PM
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GGD
If your stove had electric spark igniters you might need matches or a butane lighter/fire starter to light it.

And my mother discovered in a recent outage that she cannot use her propane stove at all without power as there is some sort of interlock safety built in to prevent "accidental" ignition.

And on another note...this current power cutoff is in the Saturday to Monday time frame. There's already another off shore wind even in the cards for Tuesday and Wednesday.



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Re: Prepping for the PSPS
Posted by: BernDog
Date: October 27, 2019 10:37AM
All these California acronyms… I thought Sony had an updated PlayStation Portable and you were preparing to get one.
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Re: Prepping for the PSPS
Posted by: btfc
Date: October 27, 2019 11:38AM
I find my DC to AC inverter in my truck to be incredibly useful.
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Re: Prepping for the PSPS
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 27, 2019 01:23PM
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind.

And the wind is indeed blowing.

I rarely hear it in the daytime, and am now very conscious of it.

In theory I'm out of range and have had no shutdown (yet).

A friend lost power, but for only two days. He's got a 6.5KW generator that will keep the fridge, freezer, and a light on.

And the ability to fend off neighbors should things go all Maple Street, USA.

PG&E was painting a pretty dark picture of draconian power outages, saying the threat may be gone in hours but the power will be out for five days 'while we check the lines to make sure everything is ok'.

They've since backed off from that FUD, maybe because that ability is coming under fire.




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