Where to Put the Generator (and What About Water?) Eric Holdeman's Blog (Emergency Management: Disaster Zone)
11/5/2012: The two commodities we need most in a disaster
in order to continue operating is electricity and water.
Water is a basic need that sustains life and in other
applications cooling for computers or people. In hospitals
it is a basic need to eliminate the possibility of infection and
just plain old sanitation.
Sandy has pointed out how when a disaster hits an urban area what
happens when the water and electricity stop flowing.
Several hospitals closed. One for power and the other for a
lack of water. I’m also just guessing the availability of
staff was also an issue since the “normal” commute was out the
window. My nephew who works in Manhattan and lives in the
Brooklyn took a taxi to get to work in the morning, a journey
that took three hours. To get home he waited for a bus and
then ended up walking home, which took four hours…