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Power Grid Collapse: Hundreds of Millions of People in India Without Electricity: Are You Ready for a Major Power Outage?

Daryl 2012/07/31 18:00:00
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***UPDATE*** Second blackout means 670 million people without power.

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Northern India's power grid crashed Monday, halting trains, forcing hospitals and airports onto backup power and providing a dark reminder of the nation's inability to feed a growing hunger for energy as it strives to become an economic power.

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  • Sarahbelle 2012/07/31 23:10:43
    No
    Sarahbelle
    I'm not prepared at all.
  • ChiTownGirl 2012/07/31 23:09:19
    No
    ChiTownGirl
    +1
    I'm completely not ready, tho had to live without electricity for few days last year. It really did alter my life. I was impressed the way NYC handled itself during its blackout. The only solace was seeing my neighors in the same predicament.
  • dominic garcia 2012/07/31 22:58:47
    Yes
    dominic garcia
    +2
    I HAVE JESUS WITH ME THATS ALL I NEED!
  • DarkChild dominic... 2012/08/01 01:12:03
  • FordCrews 2012/07/31 22:54:58
    No
    FordCrews
    +2
    But if obama's plans carry through, this will happen here, he is sabotaging our electric production for his misguided desire for universal slavery oh, excuse let me use the PC term, social justice.
  • Josh Robinson 2012/07/31 22:49:44
    No
    Josh Robinson
    I don't own a gun...
  • lia 2012/07/31 22:32:00
    No
    lia
    Not as ready as I should be, and it's time I am. I don't think canned food which may or may not be good, candles and a flashlight are going to cut it if worse comes to worse. But you know, if the Pioneers could make it through hardships unimaginable by us, I can draw inspiration from that and survive. It's the American Way!
    american pioneers
  • tony 2012/07/31 22:31:21
    No
    tony
    +1
    They have electricity in India?
  • mind-pilot 2012/07/31 22:26:48
    No
    mind-pilot
    We are in no way ready for a major power outage. In the mid-80's we were warned that our aging nuclear power plants would be in dangerous conditions ( if not repaired) by 2010. And, we were forewarned that, with the increasing usage of computers, cell phones and electronic dependencies, our power grid would not be able to sustain pass 2015 and to expect nationwide complications if not remedied. I really don't think anything has been done or massively overhauled on either issue. It's perfect for a takeover. If you have the money.
  • Diane Spraggs Yates 2012/07/31 22:13:03
    No
    Diane Spraggs Yates
    I lose my food in freezer I get sick !!!!
  • Tennyson James 2012/07/31 21:55:52
    No
    Tennyson James
    Honestly, no, not at all. I tend to freak when there is a power outage b/c I'm so dependent on electricity. I wish I weren't but the fact is I am and a lengthy outage would not be pretty for me.
  • Vision of Verve 2012/07/31 21:50:05
  • Transquesta 2012/07/31 21:38:12
    Yes
    Transquesta
    . . .Or at least we're getting closer by the day.
  • ★Calliope★ 2012/07/31 21:29:32
    Yes
    ★Calliope★
    +2
    We learned in the ice storm of Apr 03 I think it was... Miserable time.
  • Nilam 2012/07/31 21:20:55
    No
    Nilam
    need to change that though.....
  • Ozymandias 2012/07/31 20:55:47
    Yes
    Ozymandias
    +1
    Yes, I am. Save the ozone layer for once.
  • us Ozymandias 2012/08/01 01:19:00
    us
    just because in United states is saving the ozone, losing jobs, remember there are other
    countries that are creating jobs.
  • Ozymandias us 2012/08/01 01:33:31
    Ozymandias
    +1
    Okay! I wonder what it would be like if there really was a blackout of that magnitude here.
  • us Ozymandias 2012/08/02 01:28:55
    us
    +1
    First it good, to have candle, matches,bottle water, generator, food, It would be hard but if people also help each we can do it.
  • Commander Pyle 2012/07/31 20:53:43
    No
    Commander Pyle
    I live in a state with constant 100* weather. Electricity is not a necessity, but it makes things damn more comfortable living. We're kidding ourselves into believing we'd be ready if the power ever goes out. Everything requires that we be on the grid. The only ones that would be fine are places that aren't yet civilized or have very little infrastructure.
  • magus 2012/07/31 20:44:05
    Yes
    magus
    +2
    I'm ready.
  • bob 2012/07/31 20:35:38
    Yes
    bob
    +2
    it happens in Florida all the time it's called a hurricane
  • mae bob 2012/08/01 03:13:57
    mae
    Bob: MRE's? Yeah or nay?
  • Jessica 2012/07/31 20:14:23
    No
    Jessica
    I don't even have a flashlight that works.
  • Joanna the Great 2012/07/31 20:05:12 (edited)
    Yes
    Joanna the Great
    We lost power for three weeks from hurricane Ike. It SUCKED because Houston, TX is the most miserably hot place to be during the summer, which extends to about the end of October. But we lived, so I could deal with it. and I know to get lots and lots of water, invest in battery power fans, get a bunch of food that doesn't need a fridge or extensive cooking, have a gas stove, have MATCHES, candles, and take advantage of the days off your allowed from work/school to hang with friends/family and go walking and driving around town to look at the damage, which is morbidly fun. Oh and don't evacuate if you're in the city, but we learned that from Rita.

    Edit to say this situation in India is far worse, and god only knows how long it will take them to get power back to 670 MILLION people. Its overwhelming just to imagine that number.
  • Marlene Wilkins 2012/07/31 19:54:09
  • Professor Wizard 2012/07/31 19:50:36
    Yes
    Professor Wizard
    +2
    Yes... I have a whole-house gen... and weapons.
  • bluelady 2012/07/31 19:47:11
    Yes
    bluelady
    +1
    have glassed sconces in several places, with candles and lighters: have generator with can of fuel , have oil lamps (3 big ones), have several solar lights, have gas stove, have big chest freezer and a case of MRE's(Meals Rejected by Ethiopians) plus lots of tobasco for em..I usually have a case of water on hand and there is some gallons downstairs
  • DianaXoGirl 2012/07/31 19:37:06 (edited)
    No
    DianaXoGirl
    +1
    No straightening my hair, no tv, no cell phone, no computer, no fridge, no stop lights, going to sleep when the sun sets, no light.. I mean we are somewhat prepared for a situation like that food wise and everything but am I personally ready; no
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/07/31 19:19:57
    Yes
    Margaret Jacobson
    +3
    2 week supply of foods that do not need refrigeration, couple gallons of water (getting it now), blankets, hand sanitizer, batteries (back up).... Folks you might want to read the book "third world America" by Ariana Huffington......Interesting
  • Margare... Margare... 2012/07/31 19:25:52
    Margaret Jacobson
    +2
    Almost forgot the last week in june to 3rd or later central maryland , baltimore area had a major power outage "days" with "NO ELECTRICITY". Brought in outside help from the southern states(cheaper labor). We are starting to have major problems like third world countries ?? Our own BGE was "bought out" by the F from FRANCE !! There paid "BILLIONS" of dollars. They "pobably "gutted" the utility to make their some investment money back??
  • lolitalovely 2012/07/31 19:10:45
    Yes
    lolitalovely
    +3
    Hurricane season brings power outages of 2 or 3 days sometimes. We always have a week of nonperishable foods,water, entertainment, and gas for the generator when we need it.
  • Common Sense Conservative 2012/07/31 19:10:13
    Yes
    Common Sense Conservative
    +1
    It's called solar. We could easily power our home with just the solar power that we produce.
  • exhon2009 Common ... 2012/07/31 19:36:45
    exhon2009
    +2
    I have a 6 KW solar unit as well. However, to avoid electrocuting utility workers ours is designed to shut down in the event the main power fails. I know some electrical engineers that could probably help me re-direct the power to battery banks but I guess I'm using propane for at least a while.
  • Common ... exhon2009 2012/07/31 20:13:16
    Common Sense Conservative
    +1
    I'm not sure how many KW's ours is but our bills went from $800 to almost nothing.
  • exhon2009 Common ... 2012/07/31 20:44:32
    exhon2009
    +1
    800 bucks? You must be on PG&E. Congrats on that move. Usually it's around 200 to 250 watts per panel. We have 27 250 W panels but the inverter is rated at 6 KW so that's the max.
  • Common ... exhon2009 2012/07/31 21:42:57
    Common Sense Conservative
    Each of our 2 inverters can handle 2500 KW. They are both around 2000 most of the day. 72 total panels.
  • tony exhon2009 2012/07/31 22:36:49
    tony
    How much did it cost for the panels? Just curious
  • exhon2009 tony 2012/08/01 03:57:25
    exhon2009
    I bought it on a one time lease payment of 10K. They leave it on the roof for 20 years. At 20 years I can have it removed, replaced, (no idea what the terms will be then), or I can purchase it. It's a capital lease so there is no stated bargain purchase option. I've got 19 years and 2 months to worry about that though.
  • Marlene... exhon2009 2012/07/31 21:49:19
    Marlene Wilkins
    +1
    Our system trips a disconnect breaker in the event there's a grid outage for the same reason. We have power, no Utility workers are at risk, happy-happy. :-)

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