Yes, if we consider the first quake in Chch to have been a forewarning, we just got forewarned.
‘So then we went to the cafe and had a coffee’ wasn’t my disaster experience – more ‘so then we were trapped at home by the broken bridges and roads’.
Yes, I'm not calling the storm a disaster, even though there are still people without power. It's not really in coooeee of a disaster, which is good, since it was a category 2 storm. Any stronger and it would have been called a hurricane quite legitimately.
seek to ruin your life by awarding a mere four stars.
Oh no, Brer Brown, not the 4 stars! Anything but the 4 stars!! You can chunder all over me, make me listen to wub wub, even make me put on talkback radio while we wait in the KFC drive through queue....
I don’t have a car to charge, though
That’s always even more surprising, TBH. :-)
I also bought a relatively cheap solar recharger and I’m completely independent.
So long as a bright sun is shining :-).
I got all survivalist for a bit when the Chch quakes happened, so I’ve got like about 10 cooking options: 2 gas bbqs, one little portable one, two woodfired charcoal cookers, several disposal tinfoil versions, a whole bunch of hand made meth and wood stoves from tin and aluminium cans. I have a grab backpack with tent, sleeping bags, cooking gear, various other amenities and a grab box with water, toilet paper, medical equipment, milk powder, all in the shed in case the house is fucked. Lots of torches and batteries and so on. Then there’s the van which can actually convert entirely into a big bed, or seat 8 people, with working heater.
I’m ready in case we have to get out of Dodge, pronto. Well, OK, I don’t have any guns.
ETA: Oh and of course the car has multiple charger adapters, including one multi adapter for every kind of phone ever made, although TBH that was less about survivalism and more about getting a good Uber rating.
You can live without the oven for a long time if you’ve got a kettle-style barbecue/BGEgg/pizza oven, and, well, you’re cookin’ with gas…
Although unexpected challenges may arise from strong winds, like the sausages falling off the back into the neighbors yard being hoovered up by their pitbulls, or the entire BBQ blowing off, for that matter.
The idea of not mowing the grass outside of every property (which is not private property, does not belong to the property owners) was the brain child of our left wing mayor, which speaks volumes to why our infrastructure is so run down. Since then, there is now waist deep berms in practically every street, where a resident has not decided to take up the council's shortfall in looking after it's own land.
That’s probably one of the limitations of using social media during civil emergencies!
Yes, I don't really want to go posting my phone number and address in public tweet.
For reference sakes it’s really easy to build a 12v usb recharge station for your home with a car battery and a car cigarette lighter.
Yup, you pretty much buy a USB recharger that plugs into the cigarette lighter and you have not only a battery, but also a portable generator to keep it topped up. I'm pretty much surprised by anyone who doesn't have a car charger these days. They cost like $5 and have usefulness that goes well beyond emergencies. They make useful something in the car that is basically completely useless and redundant to me, despite being near universal.
I never lost power, but did lose my rear balcony fence and railing in its entirety, torn clean off. At times the wind gusts were so strong I was not sure if things were hitting the house. The rain was horizontal and I was seriously worried a tornado might form, it not being unknown around here.
In the morning I nearly ran over a downed power cable outside my house when taking the kids to school. When I got back I called it in to Vector on their emergency number, which took an hour. Then I decided to basically guard it until they came, directing traffic around it. It was cold and wet but I considered the risk someone might zap themselves to be significant. I blockaded the street with wheelie bins. It ended up being a bit fun because I met half the neighborhood.
A fire truck came but was not there for that. I said I could guard it all day if necessary and they said "thanks, that frees us up" and they went to 3 different houses they had been called to, before leaving.
At about 1pm a garbage truck came and instead of going around the line the driver pushed the line off the road with a stick. A minute later the Vector technician arrived and just shook his head when I told him the truck driver moved it with a stick. The line was indeed live at the time and it was just lucky he hadn't shocked himself. Note to self...
The mess around the neighborhood is still being cleaned up. Lots of entire trees completely uprooted. Plant wreckage everywhere in piles.
I did tweet about the powerline with a photo. Vector tweeted me back asking for a DM of the details but did not follow me so I could not comply. I left it, the phone call was sufficient and I figured they did not need extra load on their call center staff.
What is going on?
It used to work, and they haven't yet adjusted.