Re: How prepared is your community for emergencies?
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:52:55 -0800 (PST)
A number of years ago Katie Henry published a list of emergency preparedness 
stuff. I can’t put my hands on it just this minute but check the archives and 
the blog on Cohousing-L. I may have reproduced it there.


> On Jan 15, 2018, at 8:08 AM, Bob Morrison via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] 
>> wrote:
>  We have an emergency generator that powers our common house. It runs on 
> natural gas, so won't run out of fuel. Due to capacity, it doesn't power the 
> heating, cooling, or laundry machines. The water heater runs on propane, so 
> we have hot water. There is a small ongoing cost for maintenance and for 
> occasionally adding circuits to the generator that should have been on it 
> from day one. 
>  In the fall of 2014, I think, we had a 4-day outage and we got by. On 
> weekdays, most people who didn't have to report to a workplace spent days and 
> evenings in the common house. We had a kind of camaraderie we rarely have 
> otherwise. Our cable Internet was down, but with smartphones we set up a WiFi 
> hotspot so that we had Internet access at the common house. 
>  Except for about two homes that have an emergency generator, we don't have 
> backup power for our homes. 
>  I would like us to do more to be prepared for emergencies. 
> Bob Morrison
> Mosaic Commons Cohousing
> Berlin, MA
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