Fellow Union Members,
Tomorrow morning ( March 14) from 6 am until 10 am and again in the evening, we will be experiencing power outages. We are not sure how long they will be continue. These are designed to roll across the Kanto plain. This is in response to the limited power being produced up in Fukushima. The blackouts will be in a three hour span of time. Keep abreast with the news.
So far Arakawa is the only part of in Tokyo along with the other 5 zones designated in the black out list. Things might change. Saitama and Kanagawa are mentioned. Trains will be stopping. Some lines have already stopped. Try not to venture too far from home.
If you do not have adequate cash after the weekend, please get it now.
Smaller bills are preferable as registers won’t work without electricity.
Know where your fuse box is. After blackouts/power outages, some fuse boxes trip a safety and don’t automatically turn back on. You need to do so manually. Take a look at your fuse box and get accustomed to where the switches should be. There is also a reset button that might need to be pressed/flipped.
Recharge your phones, and computers. If you have rechargeable batteries make sure they are charged.
Once things have recharged, unplug them. If there are power surges they might damage your equipment.
Don’t forget many cell phones and smart phones along with newer ipods have radio function. (FM 81.3 JWave, NHK and FEN (military) might be available in your area for broadcast.
Fill your bathtubs with water for flushing water.
Make sure you have adequate drinkable water, if the water system stops. (My area had no water after the quake.) Vending machines will cease operation without power.
If you have perishable food, freeze it/dispose of it. Keep canned food available.
Fill containers with water and place them in the freezer to prolong cooling.
Stock your refrigerator with beverages.
Don’t open refrigerator doors often.
Make sure you have candles/batteries for flash lights.
Arrange one or two days worth of clean clothing. Keep it in an easily accessible place.
Most convenience stores are stripped from the Friday (March 11) earthquake. Please don’t delay.
I wish to get this out as soon as possible.
Hopefully the notification is for a minor inconvenience but I would rather have us all prepared.
Paul Kennedy President Begunto