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Cleaning up after Sandy

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Larry Ubell, one of our gurus of how-to, is back again to talk about how to safely repair damage to your home after Hurricane Sandy—how to deal with flooding, downed trees, electricity issues, leaks and more. Call in with your questions at 646-829-3980!

Do you have questions about repairing your home after the storm? Let us know!

Guests:

Larry Ubell

Comments [6]

Ship/Barge-based Power plants for NYC. from RE : Sandy Blackout/Plant Failure


A large segment of NYC has been without electricity for
days. This is due to POWER PLANT FAILURE.

I've read that aircraft carriers can generate sufficient
power to provide electricity for a small city.
I've also read they are frequently used in disaster zones
for such purposes. Presumably other smaller ships
and barges could also have ON-BOARD power plants and
generators.

CAN FEMA/USNavy SEND SHIPS/BARGES WITH POWER PLANTS TO
DISASTER ZONES LIKE NYC TO *RAPIDLY* MAKE TEMPORARY
ELECTRIC POWER AVAILABLE UNTIL THE EXISTING POWER
PLANTS ARE REPAIRED ?

In terms of FUTURE disaster response - wouldn't
it make sense to have several such POWER PLANT SHIPS
spread along each coast and the great lakes to
RAPIDLY RESPOND to any major blackout resulting
from Disaster-based power plant failures ?

Eg. WHILE the conventional land-based plant is
being FIXED, power could be provided by these ships
(probably within 24-36 hours).

Nov. 01 2012 04:31 PM
Susan Lentini from Chelsea

We live in a 14-story building (W. 23rd) that lost power. Since we no longer have water the toilets no longer work and we cannot physically carry enough water up 8 flights to manually flush them. Because people remain in buildings with similar, unsanitary conditions can you tell us why the Department of Health has not declared them unsafe? If we were made to evacuate these unsafe conditions at least insurance would cover the dislocation expenses.

Nov. 01 2012 01:30 PM
Daniel Kurz from Highland Park, NJ

People that have water access and gas access can heat large pots of water to boiling and bring them into the house into a smaller room. The hot water will release heat like a hot water base heater. Keeping the room closed by a blanket will keep in the temperature.

Nov. 01 2012 01:27 PM
Dale from Hudson Valley

I just wanted to let people know that if they have a landline with dialtone, that they should get an old fashioned dial or princess type phone. Cordless phones with plug-in basesets do not work in a power outage. After all this is behind us go onto ebay to find one and you can stay connected.

Nov. 01 2012 01:24 PM
phil from woodstock

Isn't it thermocouple? (not thermocoupling)

Nov. 01 2012 01:16 PM
Albert from Manhattan

With all the reporting about mass transit being out and streets tied up with motor vehicles as usual, not a single word from WNYC about the bikeability of the city. Is this not virtually the same situation as during the transit strike of 1980, when thousands turned to cycling (and walking, of course)? Get on your bikes and ride!

Oct. 31 2012 12:45 PM

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