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What would you do if the electric is shut off??

Asked by Gideon2017 (644points) August 18th, 2017

The electric system of compony break down as a result of the sudden thurderstorm. Then I wonder how would you spend your time without phone and computer.

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Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I’ve got a Kindle. So I can still read.

Or we play a game by candlelight.

We sit and talk.

If it’s night and I’m tired, I go to sleep.

Sneki2's avatar

Oh, I love it when power shuts off.
If it’s the evening, you can light a candle and play games by making shadows with your hands. You can sit around and tell horror stories, tongue twisters, riddles and other games, chatting and having some good time. Even better if you have some snacks or something. You can also make up some games to play. It’d be a great way to bond with your coworkers.
If it’s still a day, you can spend your time reading or drawing too.

Either way, you can sit and listen to thunders and rain. Thunders are awesome, and the rain is incredibly soothing. Open a window or two, if you’re in a big room, and let the cold air inside. If you’re alone, you’ll have the nicest nap ever.

Patty_Melt's avatar

I have several small battery operated lights. Some are emergency stick up lights, some are cute litlle critters and such.
I suppose some of my time would be spent making a shopping list because everything in the fridge would be garbage.
I used to have a cool radio which had its own internal generator and hand crank. I have failed to replace it, but it would be nice to have one again.

Gideon2017's avatar

It is 4:30 pm but the sky has completely fallen into dark as the rain is getting havier than before. We are talking about the news that my company just announced yesterday that overseas work will be the main business from next year, which means I will have a chance to get out of here and see the forign world. Great.

JLeslie's avatar

Listen to the radio.

Go out to where there is electricity, like out to eat, the library, shopping mall, as long as the roads are safe.

Talk on the phone.

Play cards or board games.

The last time my electricity was out for a long time it was out for 8 days, but I only was home for 5 of the 8.

Gideon2017's avatar

I would go and buy a generator on the 5. @JLeslie

JLeslie's avatar

^^From what I understand we could have bought a generator and been reimbursed by the government. I didn’t do it.

A friend of mine has a huge underground tank of fuel for his generator so he can run the house if there is a power outage.

I’m more inclined to have some solar capabilities. Like solar hot water heater, solar panels to run at least the fridge. I’m in FL, and long power outages typically happen after hurricanes.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I have a generator but i try not to use it unless I need to power the refrigerator and sump pump.
i have battery powered LED lights and solar lights outside in the garden. I can take those inside
I figure it is a great time to take a nap or walk in the neighborhood. .

Tropical_Willie's avatar

If it is for a short period of time we have battery operated flashlights and lanterns. I have a generator for longer periods but it will only run the refrigerator, a few lights and maybe the

Bill1939's avatar

Weather in our part of the country has produced tornadoes, derechos, ice storms, snow storms and severe rain storms that have taken out the power grid for minutes, hours and days. I have a natural gas powered generator that can supply electricity for the whole house. I had it installed in 2013. It has consistently served us with continuous power.

Muad_Dib's avatar

I’d have a nice day off work. Maybe play some board games with my kid or read a book. Of course it’s hot as fuck where I live so in reality the answer would be “drive to a place with air-conditioning”.

Gideon2017's avatar

@JLeslie Florida?hurricanes?Sounds cool and exciting.

Gideon2017's avatar

@Sneki2 The activities you described seem quite comfortable. I can sleep for over 10 hours if it is Sunday.

JLeslie's avatar

@Gideon2017 It’s not cool. People lose propriety, get physically harmed, and some people die. Plus, it’s incredibly boring to go through a hurricane when it’s not being scary. Very very boring. First it’s annoying getting everything prepared for the storm. Then you wait hours before the storm comes, you are basically stuck at home, or wherever you are weathering the storm. Then the storm takes hours, most of which is just rain bands. Then if you’re near the eye, and it’s a 2 or more, it’s scary listening to everything bang around outside. Then it can be days or weeks until things are back to normal.

Gideon2017's avatar

@Patty_Melt My grandma has a old phone with hand crank.I always shaked it and pretend to report situation to the Caption when I was a child. How a stupid child.

Strauss's avatar

Music! I have a few “old-fashioned” acoustic instruments around.

Gideon2017's avatar

@LuckyGuy In my hometown, people can generate electricity and sell it to the government.

Gideon2017's avatar

@JLeslie TV news reported earthquake happened in one state of my country and many people died or hurt when it came. I have never seen a weather disaster.We are so weak while facing the real power of nature.

JLeslie's avatar

@Gideon2017 What country do you live in? Luckily, in Florida, there is usually very very low death tolls when there is a hurricane, but even one is too many.

Gideon2017's avatar

@Muad_Dib Actually this is the first time I learn the way of how to use “fuck”.

Muad_Dib's avatar

I mean, the deaths are usually due to people running generators in their garages and poisoning their whole family with carbon monoxide. Darwin might have something to say about those.

Muad_Dib's avatar

Congrats, Gideon. Fuck is a wonderful word which can be used in many ways. Feel free to experiment.

Gideon2017's avatar

@JLeslie I live china. I feel lucky to find such a website to communicate with foreign friends from all over the world.

JLeslie's avatar

That’s right. Deaths from generators, candle fires, electrocution from downed wires, heart attacks, they all count as deaths related to the storm.

Edit: Oh China. Very nice to have someone here from your country. I’ve never been there but my grandmother used to love it. My parents took a trip there a few years ago and they loved it too.

Gideon2017's avatar

@Strauss I love Eason Chan and I can sing over 100 of his songs. I wonder whether you have known him.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I get a book and read. My family gathers and we have conversation and fool around. I sometimes find power outage time to be more fun than days with electricity. At worst, we can sleep early.

And @Gideon2017, this question is in general. You should stay on topic before the mods delete the responses for being off-topic.

Oh, and if the electricity is down in your place, how can you still responding to us so quickly?

Gideon2017's avatar

It is 11 o’clock pm and I have to sleep because we did not rest until Sunday. Very pleased to talk with all of you. Goodnight guys.

Gideon2017's avatar

@Mimishu1995 I will figure it out tomorrow. I got back home 5 hours ago.

kritiper's avatar

I get out my Coleman camp stove and heat up some tea. Put it on the tailgate of my pickup that’s parked in my carport right outside the kitchen door.
If it gets dark and I want some light that’s more serious than candles, I fire up one or more of the three oil lamps I have.

seawulf575's avatar

Look for the flashlights and candles. Get out the books…the REAL books…that don’t need electricity to charge or read. Pull out the board games and the cards. If it looks like a long power outage then start working on how to boil water and cook food (I’m thinking the gas grill will get a lot of work.)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Talk. Play cards. All the stuff we do when we’re primitive camping, except we still have water.

filmfann's avatar

We live well off the beaten path, and when the power goes out, it could be days or weeks. We have a generator for such times, but haven’t used it yet.
I also have a kindle, which I used during short term outages.

Jeruba's avatar

First, light a lot of candles. That’s assuming it’s nighttime. When I set candles all around the living room, it’s literally brighter than it ever is with electric lamps. I have plenty of candles on hand because I light them at the dinner table every night and also light tea candles in holders.

If it’s daytime, just open the drapes.

Read. Play cards. Have conversations. Break out a board game. Sweep the floor. Do yard work. (These aren’t all things I save up for power outages, of course.)

I never watch TV, so I don’t miss that. Battery-powered things will last for a little while, and those include phones, Kindle, and computer. I do avoid opening the refrigerator.

Dutchess_III's avatar

And you can always charge stuff in your car.

JLeslie's avatar

@Jeruba Just please no candles during the middle of a tornado or hurricane.

ucme's avatar

Okay so Carstairs would light some candles then we gather the house staff round for a game of charades

Sam4One's avatar

If no electronics is working then i would rather read some fiction… if not reading then i will go out in thunderstorm, not far i mean just outside the building or on the roof to enjoy the rain.. even if the next day i may have to spend in fever.

Gideon2017's avatar

@Sam4One You must be very brave and romantic.

Gideon2017's avatar

Candle should be the very first choice.

johnpowell's avatar

It is funny.

I have no problem going camping for a week with no electricity. Love me some camping.

But if the power goes out at my apartment I lose my shit.

Gideon2017's avatar

For me, the electric has become part of me.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Go out on the roof and enjoy the rain?! The lightening would appreciate that.

@JLeslie If you’re in the middle of a tornado you’re covering your ass at top speed. No one has time to stop and light a candle. You’ve got about 1 minute to get to shelter…IF they even give you warning.

JLeslie's avatar

@Dutchess_III Yeah, I know. Lol. But, often there are storms leading up to the tornado, so if you live in a place that is tornado prone, and the lights go out during the thunderstorms, I say don’t use candles.

tedibear's avatar

I would wait the 20 seconds until the whole house generator came on. Other than no internet & cable, nothing really changes for us.

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