I was sailing and had just anchored in Barnegat bay, opened a cold one and turned on the radio to watch the sun set. Then heard about the blackout. Just decided to stay out a little longer. You get lucky sometimes.
One big lesson was that the people in NYC tall buildings really had a problem with public bathrooms that require electricity to turn on the dang water. Horrific sanitation problems arose. I think they switched them to battery power after this.Thanks for the OP posting.
It's good to recall how things went down previously, particularly if there are any lessons learned you can put to good use today.
The same sort of photos exist from Washington DC after the plane flew into the Pentagon on 9-11-01. In the confusion afterwards, public transportation was not available. People streamed out of Washington DC on foot over the various bridges. There were not enough cabs, and in any event the traffic gridlock was legend. Many drivers of public transportation did not show up, out of concern that a larger attack was underway.One of the things that stood out in the pictures is all the people on the bridges trying to get out of the city. I don't remember how long the black out lasted but I just can't imagine how hard it would be to get out of the city and try to get home especially if home might be 20 to 50 miles away. Can you imagine what it would be like in an emp, solar flare, grid hacker, or terrorist attack. Sure glad I don't live in any city.
It was surprisingly peaceful. People thought it was a terrorist attack. It was also very short lived. As I said, given enough time things would unravel. That's not an insult to NY residents specifically... it's just human nature. Emergencies can initially unite people. Inspire compassion and heroism. However, the longer they endure the less benevolent people are.Not a riot or a loot in the series I noticed, but the official report was that there were only 250 blackout related arrests made. Huge difference from the previous blackout in 77?
Just like Katrina. One would have thought it only hit New Orleans, but then again most of the attention was given to New Orleans because the folks along the Mississippi Coast and remainder of Louisiana opted to get on with life and take care of themselves.The story is on a blackout that affected several states, plus some areas of Canada. All of the photos are from NYC. I guess people outside of NYC must be so used to living in primitive conditions that it wasn't much of a hardship.
not entirely true,,not saying they are not brave and resourceful, but few people can recover from that level of SHTF without outside help... no matter the bravado and strutting by some of our members here on the forum and their fantasies of being lone survivors in the boondocksJust like Katrina. One would have thought it only hit New Orleans, but then again most of the attention was given to New Orleans because the folks along the Mississippi Coast and remainder of Louisiana opted to get on with life and take care of themselves.