Have you thought about how you’ll be able to complete important tasks during power blackouts? Blackouts were in recent news after a minor one occurred during Super Bowl XLVII causing a delay in the game of over 30 minutes.
A power outage darkened the Superdome in the third quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday night, an unnerving experience for a stadium that had been the refuge of last resort for many when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. The 34-minute outage seemed to halt the Ravens’ momentum, coming almost immediately after Jacoby Jones returned a kickoff for a touchdown to start the second half. Ulman had just left the deafening Mercedes-Benz Superdome to call his wife back home so they could enjoy the Jones touchdown together, and she knew more about the outage than he did.
For some spectators, the incident recalled the week that people were trapped in the Superdome with no power for a week.
The blackout’s primary cause was a software bug in the alarm system at a control room of the FirstEnergy Corporation in Ohio. A power inverter, which turns DC current from your vehicle into AC current for electric gadgets, is the next best thing to a generator.
An inverter to power a tablet or laptop will cost you roughly $25, but there are much bigger models ($100 and up) that can run power tools and appliances such as heaters.
During a power outage, LED flashlights and lanterns have a huge advantage over incandescent models.
A tip regarding filling your bathtub is to ducktape the bathtub drain to prevent any precious water from seeping away over the course of the blackout. A blackout limits many of life’s little pleasures (such as microwave ovens) but you can still enjoy a hot meal if you have a gas grill and a full tank or two, or four. If a blackout lasts long enough, even a well-prepared family will want to give up and get out.
So make just-in-case arrangement with friends or relatives who are willing to take you in, and also make sure you are available to your family and close friends. If you wait, you might find that phone and internet connection becomes a lot more difficult as cellular lines become overwhelmed by other mobile users. A couple of days without power in the summer can cost you a few hundred bucks as food spoils in refrigerators and freezers (unless you have a well stocked freezer chest). You could try and buy a few bags of ice (along with everyone else) after the power goes out.
Even if you don’t plan to go anywhere, your car is a critical part of your survival kit. It is your emergency transport, your charging system for cell phones and maybe even the only heated space you’ll have. If phone and internet systems go down along with the power grid, a battery-powered radio may be your only source of weather and emergency information.
If your only heating source is an electrical heating system, you won’t be able to warm yourself if a blackout occurs during the winter. A large portion of Toronto's west end was in darkness this evening following a sudden and massive power outage.
Mayor Rob Ford told listeners of Joe Warmington's Newstalk 1010 show that power should be restored to the remaining customers before midnight, and he appears to have been correct. Toronto's infrastructure really needs substantial investment, from potholes and sewers to electric grid.
Wynne will make an announcement tomorrow that she'll invest billions to have this grid fixed.


Its about time they invested in the city's infrastructure, how many blackouts is it going to take for them to realize this? The entire city is in need of some serious repair, I'm amazed we haven't experience major sinkholes on some roads.. We need a new Mayor who will actually WORK for the salary we pay him, not go dancing at Musik and doing selfies with enamored kids too stupid to realize that notorious fame isn't cool for politicans. Do YOU want a Mayor who feels more comfortable hanging out with kids who are barely out their teens than he is dealing with councillors representing people from all ends of the political spectrum? Rob Ford was on CP24 and news talk 1010 giving updates on the outage and when the power was coming back on.
Rob did a great job saw him on CP24 addressing the issue and he was talking directly with OPG CEO Tom Mitchell.
The Joe Warmington show is only on from 10-12 I was listening around 10:20 when Ford was on, Warmington told him thanks for the update and to feel free to call back later if he as any additional updates. If Ford won't solve the crime in this city --instead picking fights with the police-- then I'm going to vote for someone who will actually take women's concerns seriously. At least with Kelly I don't have to worry if he has a mickey in his pocket when he's doing press conferences.
Power blackout hits BrusselsThe European Parliament staff had to be evacuated Monday September 19th when a power cut paralysed parts of the Belgian capital Brussels. Several areas of the city were left without power after a fire in an electrical station, network operator Elia said. Buildings housing the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the parliament were among those hit by the blackout, officials contacted by AFP said.
Fire crews and engineers attended the scene but had difficulty accessing the station through the smoke, Elia said. Other transformers were shut down as a precaution, spreading the blackout to other parts of the city. Witnesses said traffic lights in the European quarter were affected by the power cut but the metro was running as normal. The Ravens had led 28-6, but the previously sluggish San Francisco 49ers went on to score two touchdowns and a field goal in the third quarter. The storm sent 30,000 residents to the dome, where they sweltered in fetid conditions when the stadium’s roof was damaged and the electricity went out.
Operators were unaware of the need to re-distribute power after overloaded transmission lines hit unpruned foliage. Some stores may stay open, but they probably won’t be able to process credit card purchases.
But one of the better ideas is to fill locking freezer bags (or water bottles) with water and keep them in the freezer.
One way to guard against losing body heat is to store wool blankets, which retain more body heat than other blankets available. However, it may not be a viable (or legal) option for you if you live in an apartment or an urban area. These require gas, diesel, propane or solar power to operate, and provide you with electricity when your power company can’t. As the grid finally sputters back to life, it may create power surges that can destroy electronics. Don’t forget to put them back outside in the morning so you can recharge them in case power does not return.


The lights went off around 9:15 and stayed off for close to two hours in parts of the city.
While the city was dark, the outage map on the electricity provider's website was down due to a surge in demand. Unlike the cons who will just cut services programs and build partisan projects like gazebos while amassing the largest debts we have seen. Not sure why you think he wasn't on the air until after midnight when the show doesn't go past 11:59pm unless Rob called back into the station to confirm everything was back on. You can restore your account within 30 days by following the link sent to the e-mail address you entered during registration.CloseCommunity standardsThe fact of registration and authorization of users on Sputnik websites via users’ account or accounts on social networks indicates acceptance of these rules.
It’s easy to take these simple things for granted when you have electricity, but you need to be prepared to do them without power. What would have been a manageable local blackout cascaded into widespread distress on the electric grid.
When they thaw, you will also have clean drinking water – excellent for an extended emergency!
You can buy a temporary, portable generator or get a licensed electrician to install a regular one directly into your home’s electrical system. At its greatest extent, the problem affected most of the west end south of the 401, parts of downtown west of Yonge, and the Port Lands. Spokesman Brad Ross said the failure knocked out some communication systems, leading to a delay deploying shuttle buses. There were no injuries or health and safety issues reported due to the incident," the company said in a press release. I lived in the city for many years but recently moved to another municipality that is better run, for a variety of reasons. At the time, it was the second most widespread blackout in history, after the 1999 Southern Brazil blackout. I truly hope that Toronto moves past its political gridlock and begins investing in its future.
Please take a conscious look at his pathetic attitude, analyze the Mayor's behaviour and lets all move on, out of this embarrassing persona.
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