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Come to think of it, it was probably more like 15 years ago.
We did a lot with electricity already back then.
However, heating and cooking was all done with gas (and still is for most households).
As said, I live in a rural area and only the island was hit with the outage.
Just drive over the bridge and there electricity again (a PITA if you live on the center of the island).
The whole island has, from the top of my head, three traffic lights and no trains.
We all went to bed pretty early though
We're talking about a failure of the main grid though.
I think stuff like water filtering has back-up generators for these kinds of scenarios, like our store had.
It wasn't the end of the world, but as you said, we had no light or ways of communication and many businesses were closed for two or three days.
Today it would be a bigger problem, although two days in this particular area probably still wouldn't be the end of the world (unless we get it on top of corona, of course).
Not that I'm willing to try
I suppose you have some sort of main switch or circuit breaker for your power grid connection. Switch it off, see how many days (or hours?) it takes before you "absolutely have to" turn it back on, and take note of that reason.
If you've got a generator, you may choose to use it for some functions (such as freezer/fridge), or pretend that there is no fuel available. Try not to "cheat", e.g. by taking your stuff to work for charging it there. Rather, terminate the experiment and optionally remedy what caused problems (e.g. get yourself a solar charger for your mobile phone).
If there are noticable seasonal climate changes in your part of the world, you may want to repeat the exercize in a different season. Here in Norway, the effect of a power outage in midwinter is quite different from one in midsummer.
Everyone knows that you should have regular "family fire drills", pretending that your house is on fire and must be evacuated (few families realize it, though!). I think similar regular "out of electricity" drills would be quite useful as well!
Currently, on a regular work day I'd need power after about 4 to 5 hours or my laptop will die.
My heating and cooking uses gas, so that would be alright (unless I have leftover that I want to heat up in the microwave).
I wouldn't be able to use my oven either.
In the evening I can currently live to about 19:30 before it goes completely dark.
I'd be bored to death before that time though.
After about two days my phone will die leaving me without any forms of communication, other than face to face.
The food in the fridge and freezer will go bad.
All in all I'd rather not try, not even limited and controlled
A long time ago, probably like 20+ years ago already, we had a power outage.
20+ years ago we were not that dependant of electricity as today.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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So, although "everyone" is confined to home, "everyone" can go to the shops; plus shopworkers, delivery drivers can travel to their place of work; and presumably (?) healthcare workers can travel to/from work; as can electricity, water, sewage workers... a total lockdown on everybody just doesn't exist in a modern society. A similar situation in the UK; people still allowed to go to the shops, to travel for medical treatment, to work in "key" sectors, (plus allowed a daily outing for exercise purposes). The streets are quiet for sure, but some residential roads are actually busier than normal, as people walk/run the streets instead of driving to the gym or getting exercise through their work.
As for "stocking up"; in our household tinned / dried foods are an "extra". We tend to eat meals consisting of some meat/fish and plenty of fresh veg. We drink fresh milk and use it on/in cereals. We snack on fresh (seasonal) fruit. We do bake our own bread and perhaps should have had more flour "in stock" than we did. (The "panic" buying I did was to buy some additional seeds for veg later in the year, but we have the luxury of a garden large enough to grow veg that arguably could support us through later summer and autumn; just as well as the garden centres are now closed). We have some frozen stuff of course, and an inventory of everything shows that, apart from fresh milk, we probably don't really need to shop for 3 weeks. But by then our stocks will be near-zero and we'll be dependent on the shops having stuff to sell, which is far from certain. Exiting this strategy of "lockdown" is going to be the biggest challenge yet
I feel this is a required step, to preempt a situation as in Northern Italy.
A huge experiment, hoping and praying that this experiment succeeds.
From an "Notification", which was widely circulated on WhatsApp yesterday, grocery and medicine shops will be open. So, looks like no need for stocking up, even though there was a big rush in the vegetable shop nearby yesterday night.
Today, in many states, including mine (Karnataka), it is New Year's Day. Beginning of Chaitra month, the first month of our calendar. However, this will be low key; no shopping, not much celebrations.
A commentary in Norwegian radio today pointed out how important close ties to friends and family are in Italy - much more than in some other cultures. They embrace, they hug, kiss and touch each other far more that e.g. up here in Scandinavia, where "closeness" is expressed by shaking hands. When a family member is dying, it is a really hard strain on the relatives if they are not allowed to touch their relative at all, much more so than it would be in some other cultures. When something essential happens, birth, death or inbetween, involving relatives, friends and neighbours in the celebration or mourning is an important part of their culture and social life. It isn't that surprising that the virus spread so fast in Italy.
India is enormously large with a lot of subcultures, so we should avoid generalizing remarks. Yet my impression (mostly through Indian coworkers) is that within the family - and probably the extended family as well - physical closeness is far more common than up here in the north. I know neither Italian nor Indian cultures well enough to compare them, but I fear that they might belong at the same halft of the scale. At least some Indian subcultures, not necessarily all.
That radio commenter raised similar worries about other societies as well. In very individualistic societies where citizens detest being commanded by authorities, and where gatherings of crowds is rather common, we await the development. Believing that the epidemic will die out before Easter under those conditions is probably naive. We could just as well see an explosion.
I live in New Delhi, 21 days lock-down became necessary as educating people and requesting self isolation wasn't working as people got out to the streets anyway. And that too in some kind of festive spirit (?).
21 days, nobody allowed to leave home for any reason.
Essentials remain open for business and available. Only one person from a household is allowed for that too.
Implementing this would be a challenge. But we are facing a bigger challenge already.
a lot of breaches, or a heck of a lot of deaths in the next 3 weeks
I hope none of that happens. Police is allowed to use force if necessary to keep people out of the streets.
And the virus hasn't community spread yet. So fingers crossed.
China and Korea have clearly shown (even to the stupidest and blindest who couldn't see the obvious if it were painted on a ten-foot poster, five feet from their faces) that the only way to handle coronavirus is with a huge amount of testing and near-total lockdown.
So it's unfortunate, yes, and there will be horror stories, but there genuinely is a greater good here (hint: it ain't the %$@#&^* stock market!)
There will be several more "Italies", yet, particularly in countries with alt-right denialist or "money is more important than lives" leaders (or both).
On total lockdown, India will struggle for a short while, then heal. Other countries are unlikely do as well.
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