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Record Heat means Potential of Blackout – A Checklist


The expected “dome” of record setting heat across much of the United States and Canada in the coming days have many wondering about the viability  of our power grid. In 2003 a massive power outage on August 14, 2003  left parts of at least eight states in the Northeast and the Midwest without electricity. All told, 50 million people lost power for up to two days in the biggest blackout in North American history. The event contributed to at least 11 deaths and cost an estimated $6 billion.

Here in Michigan’s Thumb, power was on north of Imlay City. The blackout contributed to pushing record crowds into Caseville and the surrounding region looking for supply’s,  gasoline and fun at the Cheeseburger in Caseville festival. Many locals recall 2003 as the year that  put the festival on the map.

Looking at the week ahead, we thought it was a good idea to provide a quick check list for preparing for an extended power outage of at least three days. Here is the list of supplies and things to do to make the best of it.

Preparing for a Summer Power Outage – What to Have

  • Baltimore Orioles v Kansas City RoyalsWater – One gallon per person, per day
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to prepare items. Canned or freeze dried. Hiking/ Camping MRE packaged is ideal. You will need a camp stove or outside grill.
  • Flashlight (NOTE: Do not use candles during a power outage due to the extreme risk of fire.)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit /Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Keep a non-cordless telephone in your home. It is likely to work even when the power is out.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full.

Preparing for a Summer Power Outage – What to Do

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. First use perishable 2003 power outagefood from the refrigerator. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about 4 hours.
  • Then use food from the freezer. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
  • Use your non-perishable foods and staples after using food from the refrigerator and freezer.
  • If it looks like the power outage will continue beyond a day, prepare a cooler with ice for your freezer items.
  • Keep food in a dry, cool spot and keep it covered at all times.
  • Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.
  • Turn off or disconnect any appliances (like stoves), equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
  • Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when the power comes back on.
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic lights will be out and roads will be congested.
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. If you think this is pretty good stuff please Like and Share.

This list was prepared by the American Red Cross


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“All Hands On Deck”


The term “All Hands On Deck” is used to indicate (the need for) the immediate involvement or efforts of all the members of a party, or of a large number of people, especially in an emergency. The rapid and determental changes proposed by the current Administration against the ongoing funding to restore the Great Lakes have alarmed the entire region. There is a grass roots effort now underway to generate awareness and action that we can clearly see other people are concerned and share the value of keeping and restoring the Great Lakes for generations to come. 

great-lakes-spaceThe Great Lakes –Superior, Huron, Michigan, St. Clair, Ontario and Erie – make up the largest body of fresh water on Earth, accounting for one-fifth of the freshwater surface on the planet. 40 Million people get their drinking water from the Great Lakes.

But the Great Lakes are being threatened. Some of the threats are: Invasive species like carp and zebra mussels, radioactive waste to be dumped in Lake Huron, sewage overflows in Erie and other head waterways, pipelines that leak, water bottling companies with unlimited access to our water, manufacturing waste run off, funding cut backs of the NOAA that monitors changes in the Great Lakes and Coast Guard cuts that maintain the safety of all who enjoy our Great waters.

In early March, Kimberly Simon of Charlevoix, Michigan was meditating after hearing about proposed budget cuts to the GLRI (Great Lakes Restoration Initiative) and envisioned an “All Hands On Deck” event where people would join hands all around the Great Lakes. Currently there are over 50 events planned in five states and in Canada. More than 1,400 people have joined the All Hands On Deck discussion group on Facebook.

 “The idea resonates with people across a very broad region because they all realize theimage Great Lakes are precious resources that are essential for our environment, our economies and our way of life,” Simon said. “Sites may differ by community but on beaches or boardwalks or any other places, the intention is the same; to bring people together in an expression of unified concern about something we all can agree on. We all want to take care for our Great Lakes.”

Simon said the goal of All Hands On Deck is to unite communities around the Great Lakes in a non-partisan way and demonstrate the need to base policies for regulating and researching water issues on science.

Thumb Sun RiseI personally live on an inland lake in Michigan but vacation every year on one of the Great Lakes. Nothing compares to the beauty and majesty of the Great Lakes and its beaches! I, along with my family and some friends, became involved with Kimberly’s efforts and will be Captains of events in Port Austin and Caseville. This is a nonpartisan event for all ages and we invite all to come to join us on the beach or join us in your boat on the water.

Information is available at www.allhandsondeckgreatlakes.org

I can be contacted at: PortAustinahod@outlook.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1164392330338398/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Or give me a call: 1-810-441-8378

The event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on July 3. Sign in starts at 8 a.m. for those who wish to come early.

Denise Rowden


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ThumbWind Translated


This has been a big growth year for our little blog. With over 4,000 followers we were noticing visits from all over the world. However our visitors from Germany, Japan and other countries were frustrated by our inability to accommodate their local language.

Starting today ThumbWind is available to be translated into 94 languages.  Using a service supplied by Google with new Artificial Intelligence (AI), capability ThumbWind can now seamlessly offer a fully translated page.

Try this yourself by selecting various translations on our page footer.

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Looking for Writers Who Love the Thumb


Are you passionate about Michigan’s Thumb? Can you find the time to create and draft at least one post a month? If so consider joining us  as we look to expand our blog to cover more of the greater a_penMichigan Thumb area. We are looking for impassioned writers and contributors in the areas of local restaurants and food, wind and renewable energy, boating and sailing, the art scene and business and commerce in the upper thumb. If the topic is north of I-69 we are interested. If your a local student with a great story and look to have it published we are interested.

As a guest writer you are welcome to cover just about any topic, as long as it’s about our favorite area of the state in some way. With over 3500 followers we are working to double our readership in the next year.  If you have your own blog and want to have a post that links back to your site, that’s fine too.

Interested? Drop an email to contact@thumbwind.com and we will send you more details