It has happened to each of us once and awhile. The power goes out. For most of us it is a simple inconvenience and we expect it will be restored by our local power company in a very short time. Maybe you have been unfortunate enough to have lived through a natural disaster or difficulty that has caused your power to be off for more than just a few hours. Then, if you were lucky, you might have had somewhere where you could take the food from your refrigerator to rescue it from ruin or you may have had access to ice and ice chests to temporarily keep it from spoiling. You may have even had available an alternative generator to supply temporary power to your dwelling.
Now consider what it would be like to live under conditions where you might only get power from the national grid for a few hours a day, at the most. Worse yet, you never know when the power is going to go off and when it is going to come back on. These are the conditions that many folks live under in countries that are making requests for I-TEC to come do a power survey and assist them with reliable alternative forms of electrical power to support non profit and missionary organizations who are active in those countries. In some cases these organizations are hospitals who depend upon consistent electrical power to operate medical equipment, supply lighting and support for operating and emergency rooms as well as provide cooling, cooking, water supply and waste removal systems. It is devastating to be in the midst of a delicate operation, being performed under emergency conditions at night when time is of the essence to save a life and the power grid goes down.
Here is an experiment you might want to perform, just for the realization of how much we take electrical power for granted. Turn “Off” the electrical main breaker for your home. Here are some of the obvious as well as not so obvious things you will notice:
- You will not have any electrical lighting, while that isn’t so bad in the daytime, wait till evening and see how unhandy that becomes.
- Heating or air conditioning and refrigeration that are electrically dependent will stop working.
- If you have a residential well with an electrical pump, it will not produce water.
- Some sanitary systems that depend upon power for distribution of waste liquids to a raised field will not be working.
- Your cell phone charger will not charge.
- Internet routers will stop providing service. Televisions, projectors, doorbells, some land line telephone systems will not work.
- Medical equipment such as CPAP machines and mechanical ventilators will not operate.
These are only just a few of the easier things to discover that you will not have. Make an additional list of things that you think of.
Consider how you can help I-TEC meet the electrical needs of so many people who live life without dependable electricity daily.