Some may have noticed that we have a deteriorating infrastructure in Maine. It has been nearly two decades since THE ICE STORM OF 98. People have died, moved away and others have come to Vacationland to live. Our institutional memory is nearly gone. The old Bangor Hydro went belly up and the remains were bought by a Spanish company unfamiliar with ice storms and keeping dead trees away from power lines.
Emera Maine says, "Maybe Friday" up here. People are lowering buckets at the bridges and bringing water home so Mother can flush the toilet. Old folks can't do that. Check on your elderly neighbors. We found one man on the floor. He had a stroke and his wife has Alzheimer's. Life as they knew it is over.
As to the Maine DOT reticence to move downed trees, jcall the local volunteer fire department. They will just take a 12 gauge and blow the wire off. Then move the tree. We're a little beyond administrative procedures at this point. Folks with propane generators are running out of propane and the propane plant in Bangor has no power. It seems that a large propane plant that fills propane delivery trucks would have an alternative power source.
This is not rocket science. Has everybody forgotten the Ice Storm of 98? You new folks, talk to your neighbors. A lot of people are sharing their generators. They bring power to their neighbor's freezer and refrigerator for six hours and take the generator back to their own house. Leave the doors shut on the appliances until the generator comes back. If your 4 year old can't remember not to open the door, duct tape the door.
Everybody should have a 2500 watt inverter in their vehicle. you can run stuff off your vehicle. Forget the clothes dryer. Put up a clothesline like your grandma had. Put the clothesline in the house. The increased humidity will make your plants happy. Wash your socks and skivvies by hand.
Good grief people; What would you do after an EMP?
(Edited for typos and Emera Maine now says "maybe Saturday" for us.)