Palo Alto prepares for storms, potential outages Palo Alto Issues, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Nov 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm
The City of Palo Alto Utilities department has organized a 24-hour control center and stand-by crews to help residents weather the series of storms in the event of power outages, the department has announced.
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Posted by herstory buff, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm
I have not seen the city workers clean out the storm drains in at least two years. After the 1998 floods, the city said they would never let the storm drains go unattended again. Yesterday, there were floods on Alma, floods on Oregon, floods in the parking lot of T and C and elsewhere. This after just one rain, not even a bad one at that.
This is an El Nino year, according to some meteorologists. Let us not have a repeat of 1998!
Posted by Debra Katz, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm
A quick note re the comment above regarding computers not being available during a power outage. We emphasize our outage website because many people have smartphones and can access the info that way (in fact, we have a new mobile app---check that out now at www.cityofpaloalto.org/cpaumobileapps)
Also, many times people have computers at work or other places outside the area of an outage.
Posted by not techie, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm
I believe that if you have a power surge on your wifi, it will work for several hours after an outage. When the power went out on Thanksgiving we were awoken by the constant beeping of our power surge and we still had internet on our laptops.
Posted by bru, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2012 at 11:45 pm bru is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Good point about there being no internet when there's no power.
Palo Alto needs to get wireless infrastructure like Mtn. View that can be used in case of situations like this. This could really be important if people can report really quickly to a central location about there lines are down or water is rushing.
I hear we have fiber all over the city or at least is some places ... why can't those be split off to service WAP wireless access points throughout the city where each address is throttled down to some bare minimum so it can only be used for basic or emergency access?
Posted by low tech, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on Nov 30, 2012 at 8:33 am
Can we please emphasize all of us - residents, businesses, garden contractors, school district, the city, city contracters cleaning up all the leaves blocking the gutters. Thanks. The water really blocks up in the gutters in some places we see.