Kansas City confronts dire midday warnings that residents might lose power amid deadly cold if locals don't work together and conserve resources.
Right now here is the rolling blackout notice . . .
Kansas City, MO – February 15, 2021 – Due to extended extreme temperatures affecting the regional power supply, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has asked member electric utilities, including Evergy, to implement controlled, temporary emergency electricity reductions in order to help avoid larger uncontrolled and extended power outages throughout the region.
Beginning on February 15 at 12:15 p.m., Evergy will begin to turn off electricity to blocks of customers for approximately 30 – 60 minutes. Once the period has concluded, power will be restored to the impacted area. The emergency outages will then rotate to another portion of Evergy’s service area. Power will cycle off and on periodically until the reduction is no longer required by the SPP. With these extreme cold temperatures, equipment may not operate as intended. As a result, outages could last longer than 30 - 60 minutes.
If you are impacted by an emergency electricity reduction, you do not need to report your outage. Rather, check Evergy’s outage map and www.evergy.com/outageinfo for more information. All customers should be prepared for the potential for these periodic outages. If you experience an outage that lasts longer than an hour, report your outage at www.evergy.com or call 888-544-4852 or 800-544-4857, for Kansas Central customers.
Here's confirmation on that report so that nobody thinks this is a joke . . .
And now a word from KCMO . . .
Advisory: Power outages possible throughout KC area today and tomorrow.
KC power companies are initiating controlled power outages across Kansas City (and other areas in several states) as electricity demand has exceeded power generation capacity. The rolling blackouts are expected last 30-60 minutes for a given area and to continue through the next 48 hours.
Per the power companies: Customers are encouraged to turn thermostats down to 68 degrees or lower and employ other means to conserve energy such as:
- Avoid using energy-consuming appliances, including washers and dryers, ovens and dishwashers, through at least mid-week when possible;
- Make microwave or toaster oven-friendly meals, which use less energy than stoves/ovens, if possible;
- Change furnace filters to help with efficiency;
- Close furnace registers in unused rooms and make sure registers in other rooms aren’t blocked;
- Wear an extra layer or use an extra blanket rather than cranking up the thermostat;
- Close blinds and curtains to prevent heat loss through windows;
- Turn off and unplug nonessential appliances.
Make sure that your radios, flashlights and other portable electronics have batteries and your cell phones are charged. Ensure that water pipes are protected (run the water slowly, wrap in blankets, open cabinets, etc.). Stop up drafts around doors and windows.
Remember, generators and wood/charcoal grills should not be used indoors.
Be informed with other tips from ready.gov and preparemetrokc.org.
Meanwhile, the weather outlook is nothing less than horrific as temperatures reach historic lows.
Of course there's no trash pickup right now because of the President's Day federal holiday that isn't being celebrated because people now shop on Amazon and a very vocal group of American activists consider The Founders and most American leaders akin to criminals. However, recycling is already backed up a week and there's advance word of another trash delay announcement on the way in order to protect workers from dangerous temperatures.
Once again KCMO is touting a new "snow plan" but the reality is that many neighborhood streets remain iced over and nearly impossible to pass.
More to the point . . .
There's no doubt that these are likely the "darkest days" of the COVID Winter for Kansas City that could get even worse if the power completely FAILS beyond the rolling blackout policy switcheroo.
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