I'm back on-line...........
It's been a very LONG and emotional 5 days. My county got ROCKED!
I got to the hospital around 5pm Sunday to work the storm crew. The hospital lost power about 10pm Sunday night and we ran on generator for 12 hours. I worked throughout the storm making sure medical equipment was working correctly and making rounds. Finally got to go home around 5pm Monday.
We lost power at the house around 2am Monday morning according to my neighbors. I was able to borrow a generator from a friend who didn't lose power but gas has been very hard to find. We've been running a flood light, the frig, and 2 fans ,very sparely, for days. I didn't have extension cords to run anything else. I had a very emotional 34 week pregnant wife. Between waiting 3 hours for gas, 2 hours for a decent cooked meal, crappy cell service, and hot sweaty nights it's just been long. I finally broke down and cried yesterday when my wife sent a selfie of her smiling and swimming at a friends house. It's been too long since I have seen her smile like that. Just really disappointed in my self for not being more prepared knowing in the future I'm going to have a little one to look out for also.
Eye opening experience on what we take for granted. Everything you would need is GONE: Gas, Gas cans, water, food, extension cords, You name it. And places can't get trucks in to restock. You can't go anywhere because there's no telling when you're going to be able to get more gas. Restaurants might have power back on but they had to throw out all their food and can't get a truck in to restock. 1/2 mile long lines to get gas at only a few stations with both power and gas. Gas stations running out of gas often. All of our utilities are run underground so I didn't think it would take so long to restore power.
For the future I've already purchased a generator for myself. I'm ordering the parts needed to wire it into the house electrical system. Need to buy gas cans to have on hand. I'm making a better list of food items we'll need. And now because we have a generator the list can include cold food. I'm also going to find a cheap window AC unit to run in a bedroom while we sleep.
I'm just over it all.......
Looking at the power company's restoration map it was looking like a few more days before we were going to get power back on. There was no planned restoration happening in my area.
Thankfully after topping off the generator and firing it up around 8pm the power came on about 15 seconds later.
I've learned my lesson......