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TheMG
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join:2007-09-04
Canada
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·NorthWest Tel
reply to fs483

Re: Are panel Interlocks permitted in Quebec

said by fs483:

I don't even own a generator yet but let say some natural disaster happens (have had a couple of bad storms recently and not counting the ice storm we had a few years go where some people were without power for weeks), I would like to be prepared.

Do you plan to buy one? Good luck finding a generator to buy or rent during a major emergency. They'll all be gone before you know it.

To be prepared, you have to buy one before you actually need it.


fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
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I assume he plans to buy one.

Yes, DON'T try to buy one just before you need it, you will not get one, you'll have to fight with people to buy one or best case you will have to settle for cheap crap.

Also if you're using a gasoline generator make sure you get the gas cans BEFORE you need it. You would not believe how fast they sell out. That and D batteries.



alkizmo

join:2007-06-25
Pierrefonds, QC
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said by fifty nine:

I assume he plans to buy one.

Yes, DON'T try to buy one just before you need it, you will not get one, you'll have to fight with people to buy one or best case you will have to settle for cheap crap.

Also if you're using a gasoline generator make sure you get the gas cans BEFORE you need it. You would not believe how fast they sell out. That and D batteries.

He lives in a big city. If he has no power, it USUALLY would only be VERY local and he'd have 50 thousand stores around to go buy what he needs.

The ice storm he mentioned (a couple of years ago) was actually 14 years ago

TheMG
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said by alkizmo:

50 thousand stores

50,000 stores and 10,000,000 people all wanting to buy the same things.

(yes, this is a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point)


fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
kudos:2
reply to alkizmo

said by alkizmo:

said by fifty nine:

I assume he plans to buy one.

Yes, DON'T try to buy one just before you need it, you will not get one, you'll have to fight with people to buy one or best case you will have to settle for cheap crap.

Also if you're using a gasoline generator make sure you get the gas cans BEFORE you need it. You would not believe how fast they sell out. That and D batteries.

He lives in a big city. If he has no power, it USUALLY would only be VERY local and he'd have 50 thousand stores around to go buy what he needs.

The ice storm he mentioned (a couple of years ago) was actually 14 years ago

Don't count on it. In NYC before Irene all of the stores I went to, the shelves were EMPTY! No D batteries to be found, neither bread, milk nor eggs!


alkizmo

join:2007-06-25
Pierrefonds, QC
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said by fifty nine:

Don't count on it. In NYC before Irene all of the stores I went to, the shelves were EMPTY! No D batteries to be found, neither bread, milk nor eggs!

I've spent a few weeks in NYC before, over there it's more of a minimum inventory Just-In-Time system. A simple unexpected increase in demand can throw off that whole system

It's a different story here. Lots of large bulk quantity stores that carry way too much supply. What happens is that you'll end up with less choices, such as only the more expensive brands are left, or you have too small or too big generators.

I wonder why people bought milk and eggs before Irene. Milk spoils if not kept cool, eggs can't be eaten without being cooked I KNOW!! The STORES didn't want to carry any of those things because they were afraid their refrigerators wouldn't get power! AH! See?

Bob4
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join:2012-07-22
New Jersey
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said by alkizmo:

I wonder why people bought milk and eggs before Irene.

Let's assume that the same number of people go food shopping every day. Today is Sunday, so let's say that the weather forecast predicts a hurricane (or snowstorm!) tomorrow. So everyone who would normally go food shopping on Monday is going to go shopping today. That means twice as many people as normal will go shopping today. Of course the stores don't have twice the amount of milk, etc., available today, so they're likely to run out of items.

It's not people stocking up on items. It just that some people go shopping earlier than normal.

Hurricanes aren't really a big deal around here. Snowstorms cause a much greater disruption.

Note for Quebecers: A snowstorm here is 3" or more in a 12 hour period. (Yeah, stop laughing.)


49528867
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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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reply to alkizmo

said by alkizmo:

I wonder why people bought milk and eggs before Irene. Milk spoils if not kept cool, eggs can't be eaten without being cooked

After Andrew we where collecting supplies to transfer down to Homestead where in many cases all the people there had left was the foundation of what was once their home and one of the strangest donations we received was a few dozen cases of microwave popcorn.

Now if a person no longer has a home they probably don’t have a microwave and even if they did the power would not be restored for at least a month.

Great intentions just not well thought out.

Wayne
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Madness takes its toll, please have exact change ready…

fs483

join:2012-08-16
Saint-Laurent, QC
reply to TheMG

Yes will be buying one but trying to go one step at a time.


fs483

join:2012-08-16
Saint-Laurent, QC
reply to alkizmo

Yeah big city means squat. Yeah the ice storm was a while but it's good remininder (time flies by) but I still remember the cold, the damage both to the house and pocket. I was without power for 1 week. Still minor compared to some people I knew. Just this week, an underground transformer blew in my city. Knocked out a couple of city block traffic lights. Traffic was a NIGHTMARE during morning rush hour. Imagine taking 30 minutes to drive 500 meters! McDonalds had to bring in a huge genny from Hydro-Quebec. It's actually still in their parking lot after 2 days. Power is back but don't know if it's supplied by the genny.


fs483

join:2012-08-16
Saint-Laurent, QC
reply to alkizmo

Ah at least I can cook. I have a small burner that runs on small gas cylinders. Not those for camping. The ones that are used for chinese hot pots... As for keeping things cool... I do have a mini bar fridge, a large 3000W inverter and a deep cycle battery (planning on getting a second one once I go to Ottawa). Right now the inverter powers the sump pump. Small insurance in case of short power failures and stormy weather which seems to happen more and more often lately. Huge rainfall in a short period. I have a city sewer right in front of my below street level garage.


fs483

join:2012-08-16
Saint-Laurent, QC
reply to 49528867

a tin foil and lighter (with lots of butane) can get that popcorn ready for a night under the stairs... Kidding aside... Disaster and it's damage can happen in all shapes and form. Someone without power but with a bbq (outside) can still feast on the popcorn and keep the kids settle down. Marshmellows would be easier.