Your Survival Guy lost power last week and the worst part about it was I wasn’t at home. Why was that so bad? Because my significant other was home.
Making matters worse, our generator didn’t kick in. Imagine the horror going through my mind when I’m told it’s pitch black in the house and she’s all alone. I suggested walking out to the generator with a flashlight to get a look at it. That was met with silence. OK, then.
Long story short the power came back on within an hour. The generator part we need is on backorder thanks to the supply chain mess. That’s getting installed today in an hour or so.
Action Line: Things break. Then the power goes out. You’re out of town. Things tend to go in that order. What can I say? Learn from me.
P.S. Give this a read: Hurricane Prep: How Confident Are You in Your Generator?
P.P.S. It isn’t only storms and earthquakes taking out power lines lately. Terrorists are attacking portions of the grid. You’ve read about it here:
- GRID TERRORISM: It Can Happen to Anyone
- FEAR IN THE DARK: Terrorists Strike More U.S. Power Stations
- BE PREPARED: Army Responds to Terrorist Attack Near Fort Bragg
Now another substation has been damaged in North Carolina. Li Cohen reports for CBS News:
Another power substation in North Carolina has been damaged because of apparent gunfire, energy officials said Tuesday. The damage occurred at ain Thomasville, about an hour away from Moore County, where just weeks ago two other substations were attacked by gunfire.
EnergyUnited said that company officials learned of an “equipment issue” at the Pleasant Hill Substation on Tuesday morning, at which time crews were sent to assess the situation. There, they found that a transformer had been damaged “from an apparent gunshot” and law enforcement was notified.
No customers who get their power from the substation experienced an outage, the company said.
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that police responded to a “vandalism call” at the substation, and that investigators responded to the scene. The FBI and the State Bureau of Investigations were also notified, police said.
“Investigators recovered evidence from the scene and canvassed the surrounding areas gathering additional information,” the sheriff’s office said. “Based on information gathered, investigators believe the incident occurred around 3:00 a.m. The investigation is ongoing.”
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