|Re: emergency preparedness topic||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Martha Wagner (wordbizpdxgmail.com)|
|Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:22:12 -0800 (PST)|
Thanks to everyone who has responded so far to my question about backup emergency power sources for emergencies. See below for another response that came to my personal email. Although I asked about power in particular, geography and climate also figure into plans for many communities. In western Oregon, Washington and California there are major earthquake risks, which is part of preparedness planning. Older buildings, such as in my community in Portland, are good candidates for structural retrofitting. Martha Columbia Ecovillage Portland, OR Your email was forwarded to me from our board chair. I am the chair of the Sustainability and Environment committee at Rocky Hill Cohousing in Florence, MA (Western MA). We are working on this right now - and are researching a variety of generator types (including solar), a battery panel (or Tesla powerwall) for our solar panels, woodstove etc. So far I've just put together some preparation lists using stuff already on the internet - one list for stuff to have on hand all the time, and one list to send out in the few days before a storm (since snow and ice storms are our biggest worry out here - and we usually have some warning). I'm happy to share more info as we get further along. We need to make some decisions about how long a power outage we want to prepare for which then will impact what we decide to do - and cost. I've pasted some links below to solar generators that one of our members looked at: Meanwhile, there are less expensive portable solar/battery systems that we could use to charge cell phones and computers. These would not use our existing solar panels but would use portable solar panels. See: http://www.goalzero.com/emergency-prep/ http://www.goalzero.com/p/509/goal-zero-yeti-3000-lithium-portable-power-station http://www.goalzero.com/p/337/nomad-100-solar-panel And the Tesla powerwall https://www.tesla.com/powerwall Karen Lombard ----- Forwarded Message ----- From: David Entin <davidentin [at] comcast.net <mailto:davidentin [at] comcast.net>> To: "kblombard [at] yahoo.com <mailto:kblombard [at] yahoo.com>" <kblombard [at] yahoo.com <mailto:kblombard [at] yahoo.com>> Sent: Monday, January 15, 2018, 10:33:37 AM EST Subject: FW: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 168, Issue 14 On Jan 16, 2018, at 3:16 AM, cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org wrote: Send Cohousing-L mailing list submissions to cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit https://lists.cohousing.org/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l or, via email, send a message with subject or body 'help' to cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org You can reach the person managing the list at cohousing-l-owner [at] cohousing.org When replying, please edit your Subject line so it is more specific than "Re: Contents of Cohousing-L digest..." Today's Topics: 1. Re: How prepared is your community for emergencies? (Bob Morrison) 2. Re: How prepared is your community for emergencies? (Sharon Villines) 3. Re: emergency preparedness (Jack & Carolyn Salmon) 4. Re: emergency preparedness (KAREN A CARLSON) 5. Re: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 168, Issue 14 (Lee Stork) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message: 1 Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:08:25 -0500 From: Bob Morrison <rhmorrison [at] aol.com> To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org Subject: Re: [C-L]_ How prepared is your community for emergencies? Message-ID: <160f9ef6928-1723-a3f [at] webjas-vaa246.srv.aolmail.net> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 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 ------------------------------ Message: 3 Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:43:35 -0800 From: Jack & Carolyn Salmon <2salmon [at] earthlink.net> To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org Subject: Re: [C-L]_ emergency preparedness Message-ID: <7478748B-AF10-4F5C-8102-25CBCC02D720 [at] earthlink.net> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii When we built Quimper Village we included a large generator fueled with propane in a 1000 gal buried tank. It will keep two sewage pumps working along with the propane fireplace in the Common House, the refrigerator, cooktop and a few lights in the kitchen, great room and one bathroom. We have purchased and installed an AED and have training scheduled. Our county has a well developed Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness program. We participate in that program, provide preparedness information to our members and are establishing contacts with our adjacent neighborhoods. We stress individual preparedness - grab & go bags, water and food supplies, etc. Carolyn Salmon Quimper Village ------------------------------ > _________________________________________________________________ > Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at: > http://l.cohousing.org/info > > > Today's Topics: ? 1. How prepared is your community for emergencies? (Martha Wagner) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message: 1 Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:39:35 -0800 From: Martha Wagner <wordbizpdx [at] gmail.com> To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org Subject: [C-L]_ How prepared is your community for emergencies? Message-ID: <E1C64C2D-5B15-4735-9487-FBB8CAB6A85F [at] gmail.com> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 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. 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? Martha Wagner Columbia Ecovillage Portland, OR --
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