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Readers Respond: What Do You Miss The Most During a Black Out?

Responses: 5


From the article: Emergency Preparedness
When a storm, hurricane, or earthquake hits an area, black outs often occur and households are left without electricity and other utilities. However, modern life has us very dependent on having a power source. We have become very dependent on electricity. Think of everything we depend upon that is powered by electricity, for example: our lights, heat, refrigerators, most of our phones, the way we get information by radio or television, and much of out transportation.

Please for those of you who have experienced being without electricity, tell us what is was like, and what made it the hardest for you? Share Your Experiences


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Not there when needed

It is good to have flashlights, but all to often when the flashlights are needed, the batteries are dead. The new wind up flashlights are better. All you have to do is wind them and you have light, and wind them again for more light. Also, don't forget the wind up radio. Being able to get up to date information is important in an emergency. And just being able to listen to music when all else is not working is comforting. And some of the wind up radios have cell phone chargers included, so you can keep you cell phone charged and available when needed.

At least I didn't lose my life

And I'm very grateful, so many people died, the guy down the street from me didn't make it, drowned in his car. video games mean nothing in comparison to that
—Guest guest

Losing Touch With Loved Ones

My friends lost power. After all the advising and planning and guessing from so far away, when it finally went dark, I just had to hope everyone was safe. I missed the instant communication, knowing no 'I am safe' call could get through.
—Guest BB

Black In NYC From Sandy

At the lights being able to see things, everything, every movement just slowed down and got more difficult, wished I had remembered where I put things. Then I missed my phone not working, not being to communicate with people, not being able to find out information because no tv no radio no phone. I wanted to know when it was going to end. I was so worried about my tropical fish tank, with electricity they had no lights, no heat, no aeration, thank goodness I onle lost two small fish, it could have been worse. Then I missed tv and computer for watching movies and playing games. Lastly all my food went bad in the refrigerator - I was getting hungry and of course I was out of cash and the atms were not working, and the stores ran out of food or didn't want to open up in the dark. I went a week without power and that was enough.
—Guest Black In NYC

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