Opportunity Power Knocks

Our house now has 9.975KW of solar panels on the roof and an SMA Sunny Boy 7.7KW inverter in the basement to turn all of that DC power into AC power. Continue reading “Opportunity Power Knocks”

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EMCOMM and Failing to Plan

Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombings, cell service was disabled as a preventive measure. As an emergency communicator, I prepare for this stuff and usually have at least one radio nearby at all times. What’s your communications plan should they shut off your cell phone service? Remember: that means no voice calls, text messages, emails, mobile web, or anything else getting into or out of your mobile phone. Do you have a landline? What if that should fail as well? It probably will because the system will be jammed with people trying to call one another. (Hint: the telephone system is not designed for 100% usage capacity.)

Do you know an amateur radio operator? Do you have an emergency plan? Does it include a rally point (is it your home)? What if that location is unsafe or unreachable? What if your entire neighborhood is unsuitable? Where is your near-distance evacuation destination? What if your entire metropolitan area, state, or region is evacuated? What is your long-distance evacuation destination? Do you have a go bag with supplies for up to 72 hours? Where do you keep it? Does it include your prescription medications? Food? Change(s) of clothing?