Last week I read a fascinating post about what happened when the power went out across and entire state for a number of hours and it struck me a wonderful source of information for anyone writing about some kind of large scale disaster. Below is my favourite bit, but click through to read the whole thing over at my friend Natalie’s blog:
Traffic ground to a halt as traffic lights went off, trains and trams coasted to a stop wherever their momentum could get them to, while our diesel trains had to stop because they didn’t have the electricity to run fans to remove the toxic fumes. People got trapped in lifts which either failed to execute their safety features, or had never been upgraded to include them.
We were warned to conserve our phone batteries, but what we didn’t expect was for the mobile phone towers to stop working after a few hours, most having only a 4-hour battery back-up, some obviously much less because two networks went off within a few hours. So the mobile phones we were saving battery on were useful then only as torches.
Kind of cool and also very scary.