In today's world most of us are dependent on electricity to carry on our daily activities, whether it is our studio lights, machinery, and computers in the studio or heating, refrigeration, and our coffee maker at home. But, a widespread power outage can have a major impact on a community, compromising emergency services, water supplies, and the ability to purchase commodities like gasoline or food.
In 2011 a widespread outbreak of tornadoes took down TVA power transmission towers feeding the city of Huntsville, Alabama, plunging most of the city in darkness. This section contains some tips gained by observing how the residents of the city coped with a power disruption lasting most of a week. Fortunately, emergency workers made heroic efforts to restore power much more quickly than anticipated, so loss of a safe water supply and other major disruptions was averted.
A few simple preparations and knowledge of what to do can make the difference between an adventure and a disaster.