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    Hi all. What would you have done in this situation?

    Last week, around 9 pm, the power went out...only to my home. I live alone in a rural area, however I can see some neighbors. None of them had lost power (like we all do sometimes...on the same grid). It was not bad weather.

    I called PUD and no matter what I tried, only got recordings. I left the proper msg that my power was out. I had no way of knowing if/when they would deal with it that nite, as it was just my house.

    It was very odd that only my house was out. It made me think of the possibility of someone cutting the power to break into the home. I felt kind of dumb thinking that, but could not ignore the possibility.

    I have livestock, and the barn is near the powerlines. However I did not feel safe going outside to check and see if any lines were down. And not knowing this, I also couldnt let the dogs out. (I spoke with neighbors and they would have come over if asked but I didnt)

    Unable to find ANY non-emergency police #, after an hour I called 911 and explained that it was not an emergency but wondered if anyone could do a drive by? No. Did they have any advice? No, but she'd have an officer call me.

    Officer called about 15 mins later and said that if it was my house ONLY, it had to be a breaker box issue, to check all those. (Later found out from PUD that he was wrong). That was his advice. Period.

    **So I was reading by candlelight in my bedroom, 9mm M&P loaded and ready as usual on the nightstand. However I wasnt sure if I should go to sleep if I had no way of knowing if an intruder was waiting for the lights to go out. I figured I'd have to stay alert all nite or until PUD came.**

    What should I have done to better protect myself here? Should I have gone outside to check the property? Was I silly to hole up with my gun?


    (PUD came around midnite and fixed power. It was a 'broken cutout' on the pole...cop was wrong)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9MMare View Post
    Hi all. What would you have done in this situation?

    Last week, around 9 pm, the power went out...only to my home. I live alone in a rural area, however I can see some neighbors. None of them had lost power (like we all do sometimes...on the same grid). It was not bad weather.

    I called PUD and no matter what I tried, only got recordings. I left the proper msg that my power was out. I had no way of knowing if/when they would deal with it that nite, as it was just my house.

    It was very odd that only my house was out. It made me think of the possibility of someone cutting the power to break into the home. I felt kind of dumb thinking that, but could not ignore the possibility.

    I have livestock, and the barn is near the powerlines. However I did not feel safe going outside to check and see if any lines were down. And not knowing this, I also couldnt let the dogs out. (I spoke with neighbors and they would have come over if asked but I didnt)

    Unable to find ANY non-emergency police #, after an hour I called 911 and explained that it was not an emergency but wondered if anyone could do a drive by? No. Did they have any advice? No, but she'd have an officer call me.

    Officer called about 15 mins later and said that if it was my house ONLY, it had to be a breaker box issue, to check all those. (Later found out from PUD that he was wrong). That was his advice. Period.

    **So I was reading by candlelight in my bedroom, 9mm M&P loaded and ready as usual on the nightstand. However I wasnt sure if I should go to sleep if I had no way of knowing if an intruder was waiting for the lights to go out. I figured I'd have to stay alert all nite or until PUD came.**

    What should I have done to better protect myself here? Should I have gone outside to check the property? Was I silly to hole up with my gun?


    (PUD came around midnite and fixed power. It was a 'broken cutout' on the pole...cop was wrong)
    First, get a big LED Maglite Flash Light with 4 D size batteries. It is strong and adjustable.

    Second, Invest in a generator. I live in the city but with ice storms in the winter and wind storms in the summer, you never know when the power is going to go out or for how long.
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    Well I am very prepared for power outtages...they happen all the time. No worries except that this one was my house ONLY.

    And I dont want a generator...too noisy for one thing. But I'm set up pretty well without one anyway.

    In this situation, a generator would cover any intruder noise and I'd still need to check for downed lines if possible or to clear the property. I still wouldnt be able to sleep I dont think, not knowing why it was just my place.

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    AT my house.... I'ld walk out the back door and start the generator I have as a backup.

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    I lock all my power disconnect boxes and have a cell phone. You never know what can happen when the power goes out especially if you live in a rural area. Glad it turned out OK for you all. Having a gun at a time like this can do a lot to ease your fears.

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    Smart money is to remain indoors, armed, with the doors locked. Retreating to the bedroom was smart, since you only have to defend against someone coming through one door and one window. Plus, if the bedroom door is lockable then you have put even more barriers between you and a possible attacker.

    As for being silly, of course not. You live alone in a rural area, you're the only one to lose power among your neighbors, and you can't get an explanation from the power company. All kinds of warning bells would be going off in my head at that point.

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    I'd say there was nothing wrong with being holed up. That's probably safer than walking around outside if you are worried of a threat.
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    Being concerned about a home invasion initially is smart. Being armed, staying inside and using caution are all good things. If no one came breaking in any windows after 15 min, I would obviously go about fixing the problem.

    Having the police non emergency number handy, along with utilities, city offices, neighbors... are all useful. There is probably a specific power company "report a down power line #"

    Now is a good time to find them all... put them on the fridge.
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    We live in the country and have endured 5 days without power. We now have a 10,000 watt generator that plugs into the breaker box and can power the whole house, including the well which is one of the more important items.

    Being able to defend your house is important, but so is being able to take care of yourself and family when the power may not come on for a week or more.
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    It is a good idea to know exactly how utilities are distributed in your area, what transformers, switches feed what properties and where all of these are. Also a good idea be aware of and to alert utilities companies any place limbs or trees are in decline and could be a problem.
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    At nine o'clock at night I would have just went to sleep, the freezers would hold until morning. Then I would have fired up the generator.
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    I have a propane fuled generator that works automatically. Power goes out and 20 second later the lights come back on. I am in the country and the power can go out for days at a time. I need something to circulate the heat from the wood stove.

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    Thanks to all.

    I did call the proper number for emergency power outtages, but because it was not a manned line (all automatic) it gave no idea if and when the crew was coming.

    I remember in the past trying to get a 24 hr non-emergency police number...it was like pulling teeth. I should try again tho.

    As for the generator...I prefer not to get one. Too noisy for one thing and in this situation, I would definitely not wanted to have that noise masking any intrusions. I have been 8 days without power...have wood stove, candles, abililty to cook, many other means of dealing with it and it doesnt really worry me.

    The main concern was as the only home in the area without power, I wanted to be prudent, but not paranoid :-) Normally I sleep fine when the power's out but I have a feeling that I would not have that nite. It would have been me, the dogs, and the 9mm in the bedroom, too concerned to sleep.

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    I have a generator in the shed. Here on the east coast it comes in quite handy. I would not have it any other way. Most of my neighbors have them as well.

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    Oh man, do you have to read some SHTF scenarios and planning guides.
    The lights went out and that was a problem?
    What are you going to do if the lights go off for a few months?

    Stay armed...plan ahead, a few months ahead...stay safe!
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