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#148926 - 09/15/08 10:16 AM Re: Post IKE Reports [Re: Grouch]
Eugene Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2847
We had strong winds here in OH, I have some roof damage and need to buy a big ladder to reach it. I see seveal houses near me with shingles and siding missing. Power flickered a few times, out lines are underground so it must have been when other areas were going down and us getting the surges and such from them.

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#148930 - 09/15/08 11:56 AM Re: Post IKE Reports [Re: Russ]
wildman800 Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2828
Loc: La-USA
I haven't been able to get in touch with KMat or Librarian yet. Has anyone heard from them???
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#148936 - 09/15/08 12:40 PM Re: Post IKE Reports [Re: wildman800]
wildman800 Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2828
Loc: La-USA
Greetings, I talked to kmat a few minutes ago. He has no power and just got his local cell phone tower restored.

He came through Ike with no damages and no casualties!!! Kmat is going to drive over to Librarian's residence & check on them.

Bo
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#148948 - 09/15/08 02:04 PM Re: Post IKE Reports [Re: wildman800]
Stu Offline
I am not a P.P.o.W.
Old Hand

Registered: 05/16/05
Posts: 1058
Loc: Finger Lakes of NY State
Heard from Blast this AM, he is fine. He said he was cold, but otherwise ok. He does not need anything.
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#148960 - 09/15/08 02:31 PM Re: Post IKE Reports [Re: Stu]
clarktx Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 07/01/08
Posts: 250
Loc: Houston, Texas
Shockingly, we had trash service today (as scheduled) and I saw the paper guy delivering papers. Infrastructure wants to return as soon as it can.

I was able to get gas last night, without waiting, at 10:45 pm after delivering ice to a family member (we are generating it in any container that can hold it). My sister tried this morning at 8:30am and was only 9th in line!

I know things are worse elsewhere, last night everywhere I went there was no power.
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#148990 - 09/15/08 05:07 PM Re: Post IKE Reports [Re: ]
Grouch Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 07/02/08
Posts: 395
Loc: Ohio
Originally Posted By: IzzyJG99
One thing I thought I might add is...do you think it would be wise to have Calling Trees to check on one another during emergencies like this?


I think it would be worth considering. One thing that can be done in situations like this is to use text messaging instead of making voice calls. If infrastructure is down, or its capacity is severely limited, phone calls can fail altogether. Text messages, which use far less bandwidth, can be queued and delivered when resources become available.

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#149003 - 09/15/08 05:44 PM Re: Post IKE Reports [Re: Grouch]
Stu Offline
I am not a P.P.o.W.
Old Hand

Registered: 05/16/05
Posts: 1058
Loc: Finger Lakes of NY State
Many photo's of Galveston after IKE

IKE DAMAGE
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#149019 - 09/15/08 07:30 PM Re: Post IKE Reports [Re: ]
Arney Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 2485
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: IzzyJG99
That's the good thing about SMS/Text messaging. If the text isn't delivered right away in the event of a down tower...it's cached on a computer and sent when it's possible. So that works out well.

Yes, the store-and-forward nature of SMS can be very handy in many situations. And to veer off-topic to another thread for a second, it's also why we should hold off blaming the Metrolink train engineer and saying he was texting, just because that 15-year got a text message from the engineer just a minute before the crash. The engineer could have sent the text message quite a while earlier, when it was OK for him to be doing so, and by some bizarre coincidence, it was delivered just a minute before the crash.

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#149083 - 09/16/08 04:01 AM Re: Post IKE Reports [Re: gizmojumpjet]
firefly99 Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 05/28/06
Posts: 58
Originally Posted By: gizmojumpjet
Above all, it has been really nice to be able to give my parents, who have given me so much over the years, an air conditioned place to sleep tonight.

I am glad to hear you take care of your parents. I am still waiting for the day when I can deploy my long term preparedness stuff to take care of my parent.

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#149176 - 09/16/08 03:33 PM Re: Post IKE Reports [Re: Kuovonne]
Kuovonne Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 10/05/05
Posts: 71
Loc: Spring, TX
Talked to Merriwether. He is on day 3 of the big neighborhood block party. No power. No land phone. Spotty cell coverage. Intermittent tap water. Home supplies excellent. Encountered a possum. Spring Creek still over banks. It's good to be prepared.

The wethergirls are really missing their daddy, however, I'm glad that we don't have to be there, even though this single mom thing is tough.

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