Re: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 168, Issue 14
From: Julie Gallagher (jgall63gmail.com)
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:29:49 -0800 (PST)
What about protocols and decision-making in an emergency? Seems like it
would be helpful to decide this in advance, so during an emergency there
aren't discussions about what to prioritize, etc. For example, has the
community agreed on what will be powered by the generator? If the Common
House will be heated during a blizzard that knocks out power, can the pets
come in? Should someone or a team be empowered to make decisions, and
everyone agree that they will follow their instructions? If there's a
mandatory evacuation, is there anything in the Common House that needs to
be grabbed and if so, who does it?

Have any communities actually experienced a lengthy power outage or other
emergency, and if so, what decisions needed to be made? Any written
protocols that could be shared?

Julie Gallagher
Cantine's Island Cohousing
Saugerties, New York

On Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 10:53 PM, Lee Stork via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org> wrote:

> Emergency Preparedness
> I was thinking it would be a good idea to have some items in the common
> house powered by propane from bulk storage.  I thought this might work well
> for some of the lighting, perhaps one stove, a fire place with gas logs.
> Even if there were no emergency some of these are just plain nice.  At
> least people could get a meal, have some lighting and not freeze.
>
> Lee Stork
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> From: Martha Wagner <wordbizpdx [at] gmail.com>
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> Subject: [C-L]_ How prepared is your community for emergencies?
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> There?s a discussion beginning among Portland, Oregon, cohousing
> communities about being prepared for emergencies with backup emergency
> power sources for refrigeration of medications and food, communication
> needs, cell phones, heating, etc..in the case of any emergencies, from
> mudslides  to major earthquakes. Certainly there has been no shortage of
> emergencies around the country in the past year.
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> If your community has researched and invested in emergency power source
> options, please share what you?ve done here and what costs were involved.
> Will your community be prepared for a few days, a week or more? Is there
> ongoing expense involved?
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> Martha Wagner
> Columbia Ecovillage
> Portland, OR
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