Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Getting local information about a power outage is virtually impossible unless you think outside the box. You call the electric company and they provide a recording telling you what you already know, “Your power’s out!” But how wide spread is the outage and are other towns coming on line before or after yours? Here’s what I learned during a three hour outage last night that I tested during a two hour outage this morning.

If you’re in Cocolalla, and the power goes out, you can test the extent of the outage with and AM/FM radio.  Nothing magic here, just tune in to 1400 AM to see if Sandpoint is out and tune into 89.9 FM to see if Rathdrum is out. Hint – if the station works, they have power. These towns and radio stations are north and south of us and follow the power grid up from Coeur d’Alene. If you’re on Air-Pipe’s wireless internet system on Little Blacktail Mountain, you’ll know when Rathdrum comes back on line when you can connect back to the internet world.

Air-Pipe uses a battery back-up that can keep things working for 3 hours max. After that, your internet goes dark. I was under the impression that they have a generator up on Little Black Tail. If that’s the case, one can only guess when and how it’s turned on. If you have info on this topic, please let me know.

If you have other suggestions and tips, please contact me and I’ll share them here.

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