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Thousands of senior citizens still stranded without electricity in blazing hot FL!!! (Original Post) FM123 Sep 2017 OP
May wife asked why the families of those residents weren't checking on them sooner. tonyt53 Sep 2017 #1
Many of these homes had no electricity, no internet and no cell service malaise Sep 2017 #4
Exactly! FM123 Sep 2017 #6
If it was a loved one of mine, I would have walked through the debris to check on them. tonyt53 Sep 2017 #18
So many of those seniors retired down here, leaving their adult kids up north. FM123 Sep 2017 #5
Welcome to the world of climate change. Binkie The Clown Sep 2017 #2
A simple strategy to deal with this is a small box AC unit and generator. NutmegYankee Sep 2017 #3
Yes, it can help for a few days. However FP&L still has not restored power since Saturday. FM123 Sep 2017 #7
That's not a long outage. I was out over 175 hours from Irene in 2011. NutmegYankee Sep 2017 #11
Every day is a day too long for those seniors citizens up at century village FM123 Sep 2017 #14
Understand, but with widespread line damage, it will not be quick. NutmegYankee Sep 2017 #15
As a short-term band aid that works. Binkie The Clown Sep 2017 #8
Most of Florida in same boat elderly and everyone in between FloridaBlues Sep 2017 #9
You are so right! FM123 Sep 2017 #12
I find that neighbors are very friendly just after a freak weather event. NutmegYankee Sep 2017 #13
Yes, neighbors are much more neighborly when something like that has happened FM123 Sep 2017 #16
I hope I am wrong, but I am really afraid that there is more tragedy to come. FM123 Sep 2017 #10
OP here with update: FM123 Sep 2017 #17
The South is built cheaply and resilience is ignored. maxsolomon Sep 2017 #19
 

tonyt53

(5,737 posts)
1. May wife asked why the families of those residents weren't checking on them sooner.
Wed Sep 13, 2017, 06:00 PM
Sep 2017

I think she has a good point.

malaise

(270,538 posts)
4. Many of these homes had no electricity, no internet and no cell service
Wed Sep 13, 2017, 06:23 PM
Sep 2017

It was a massive HURRICANE!

FM123

(10,058 posts)
5. So many of those seniors retired down here, leaving their adult kids up north.
Wed Sep 13, 2017, 06:29 PM
Sep 2017

I can only hope that those family members, who live in the area actually checked on them.

Binkie The Clown

(7,911 posts)
2. Welcome to the world of climate change.
Wed Sep 13, 2017, 06:11 PM
Sep 2017

When the temperatures go a little bit higher, and the electric grids start failing regularly, mass deaths will become a way of life. Bit by bit the human race has already begun the process of going extinct.

NutmegYankee

(16,234 posts)
3. A simple strategy to deal with this is a small box AC unit and generator.
Wed Sep 13, 2017, 06:21 PM
Sep 2017

You can cool a small room to give yourself some relief. A portable generator will easily start a 5000 BTU window or 8000 BTU floor unit.

It's the central AC systems that is normally beyond the power capabilities of portable generators. It can be done with a very large unit and a 50 Amp connector, but the typical 30 Amp transfer switch won't cut it.

NutmegYankee

(16,234 posts)
11. That's not a long outage. I was out over 175 hours from Irene in 2011.
Wed Sep 13, 2017, 06:39 PM
Sep 2017

And that was just a tropical storm. People in Sandy lost power for weeks in some cases, and the October Snow storm in 2011 knocked people out for 2 weeks in freezing cold conditions.

One technique is to ration the gas by running the generator only during the day. Or to run in cycles of a few hours at a time.

FM123

(10,058 posts)
14. Every day is a day too long for those seniors citizens up at century village
Wed Sep 13, 2017, 06:48 PM
Sep 2017

Especially for those who are medically involved or can not care for themselves

NutmegYankee

(16,234 posts)
15. Understand, but with widespread line damage, it will not be quick.
Wed Sep 13, 2017, 06:52 PM
Sep 2017

I'd be surprised if everyone was back on in just 2 weeks just given the scale of damage. Sensitive facilities should have diesel or natural gas generator backup.

Binkie The Clown

(7,911 posts)
8. As a short-term band aid that works.
Wed Sep 13, 2017, 06:34 PM
Sep 2017

Long term, when the grid collapses and the gas stations are empty and abandoned, generators won't do much good.

FloridaBlues

(4,047 posts)
9. Most of Florida in same boat elderly and everyone in between
Wed Sep 13, 2017, 06:35 PM
Sep 2017

There's thousands of nursing homes here a wake up call for better planning, hurricanes aren't going away anytime soon.
It is a hot mess, it is taking a long time for FEMA basic supplies to get everywhere
Unless you are in this 3rd largest state it's hard to imagine the heartache taking place
The last thing we need is trump coming here and telling us what a great job he's doing for us here.
It's neighbor helping neighbors that is doing a great job with the little we have.

NutmegYankee

(16,234 posts)
13. I find that neighbors are very friendly just after a freak weather event.
Wed Sep 13, 2017, 06:45 PM
Sep 2017

I spend more time chatting with neighbors when the power is out or we are shoveling out from 30 inches of snow than any other time.

In 2015 we got a 2 footer blizzard and of the three snow blowers in the immediate area, 2 failed to start (carburetor problems). Since I had the lone working snow blower, I did 6 driveways that day.

FM123

(10,058 posts)
10. I hope I am wrong, but I am really afraid that there is more tragedy to come.
Wed Sep 13, 2017, 06:38 PM
Sep 2017

The temps are in the mid 90's to 100+ in Miami/Ft Laud these days, and so many senior citizens with no restoration of power coming fast enough and in Broward county our main water line was damaged so those with water can't even drink from the tap because it might be contaminated.

FM123

(10,058 posts)
17. OP here with update:
Thu Sep 14, 2017, 10:24 AM
Sep 2017

The city of Pembroke Pines has put together teams of folks to go do daily wellness checks on these elderly residents and are bringing them food and water too! Since the apartment complex is guard gated needing resident badges for entry, we regular folks in neighboring areas can't even get in to help out. Who knows when FP&L will restore power, so this is a good move by the city til then. Century Village is a huuuge senior citizen apartment complex, so most of us in S FL know someone or knows someone who knows someone that has retired there, so this Miami Herald article just broke our collective hearts. Fingers crossed, they will restore power soon!

maxsolomon

(33,620 posts)
19. The South is built cheaply and resilience is ignored.
Fri Sep 15, 2017, 04:52 PM
Sep 2017

If buildings aren't habitable without AC, then those buildings shouldn't exist. People used to live there before AC was invented - there are ways to build in concert with the climate.



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