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Monday, February 26, 2018
Both electricity and natural gas failed
The cold snap of the past week and some time on my hands sitting in an airport had me thinking about what kind of chaos I’ve see over the years related to cold weather.
You have to have seen some of this too.
The list could go on, the real difference tends to be in the action one takes leading up to it. Early on I remember a time when a couple of our customers with large businesses came in and rented everything remotely close to a heater about 2 days before the cold snap hit.
What I hadn’t really thought a lot about prior to that day was the possibility of losing two utilities at the same time and how that can really change things, in a bad way.
What would you do if both power and the gas lines quit working?
We had this in the ‘90’s when I was a mechanic for the Roseburg Public Schools. Both electricity and gas failed. In that chaos the school district lost tens of $1000’s of dollars worth of heating coils in the old humanities building.
It might not be a bad idea to think about not just at home, but at work too. Taking it a step further, think about transportation, communication, security, and maybe more.
What I can tell you is others are thinking about it and are both prepared and proactive. You don’t need to get carried away and create massive redundancy, I think it would be a waste of resources that could be better used elsewhere. What you can do is think about what kinds of things you’re not prepared for, and get to know what resources are out there to help should the need arise. If you wait until you need it, chances are someone else will have already beat you to it.
If the weather guessers miss, will you be scared or prepared?