Great, here we go again. Another power outage. It's February and they are still fixing the electrical. Seems there are several things they should have fixed first before filling the building back up again. There was a power outage a couple of months back but I didn't give it much thought since I wasn't home much (spending my time at the hospital with my mom), other than the fact when I was home it really screwed up my computer when it went off. I completely lost my internet connection even once it was back on. Had to call my techie to get walked though this long thing on how to get it back. Was a pain. I emailed around to staff to see if anything else would go off, water, elevators, etc., and was told no and they didn't.
However...... On Tuesday February 8th, 2011 (might have been Wed. the 9th), a notice went up by the elevators telling us there were going to be power outages on the 11th and the 12th and it would be from 8:30 am until 5 pm. The power would be off for the duration of the repairs. And it stated this was our 24 hr notice. Nothing else.
Now.. one of my main issues with housing is they completely ignore their clientelle. The people that they rent their units to. It's like they don't exist and they couldn't care less. So I call our area manager and leave her a voice mail that reminds her my mom is on oxygen. As are many residents in this building (it's disabled accessible). People on oxygen do not use big tanks these days, they use an oxygen converter. This machine takes the air from the room and turns it into oxygen for the patient. Every patient has a small tank for emergencies but those only last about 4 hrs.
I received NO RESPONSE about this and I considered this an important message all things considered. After all, you are shutting down the power and people need their oxygen.
So I email another staff member and he gets back to me. Tells me there isn't anything to worry about. That it will only be off intermittantly for short periods of time. I'm relieved because she can use the small tank if needed during short periods of time.
I'm still rather irritated though that they have not given any consideration to the residents here that use oxygen. What makes them think these people can get up and walk to the elevator to see this dumbass sign? Many of them are shut-ins. How do they know the power is going to go off? Ok.. let's just panick them more. Let's just shut it off knowing there are people that may not know it's going off and let them gasp for air. Nice.
The power didn't go off on Friday as expected. That was nice. However Saturday was another matter. First time it went off was just after 9 am and it stayed off for a bit. Fine again until I used the washroom and discovered that there's no damn water either!! No one said anything about no water. Wonder if the elevators were working? I heard several different people in the staircase beside my door so it makes me wonder.
ok... so now we have no power and no water. The power goes back on for 10 seconds then off yet again. Stays off for about a 1/2 hour. I feel sorry for those folks who didn't know this was going to happen. And I'm sure there are some pissed off people doing their laundry today since it wasn't mentioned about the water too.
I know what this falls under though... this falls under the "it was an emergency shut off", "we didn't know it would have to be shut off too". So if this is even a chance, why the hell don't they mention on the sign that there's a possiblity?
So I'm waiting for some power to make coffee, and get my mom's breakfast and while waiting I decide to read a book as does my mom. She has a problem though. One neither of us thought of and I'm wondering if anyone else in the building has the same problem.. she's laying down in her bed, it's a hospital bed... yup.. requires electricty to put the head up!! She's stuck laying down. Even when I stick a couple of pillows behind her it's not enough and is uncomfortable for her. She's screwed.
Power has been off for over a half hour. What happened to minutes at a time? No water.. How much fun is this?? NOT!
I simply don't understand why this city doesn't recognize the people it houses? The disabled and elderly. Those on oxygen. Those shut-in. It never changes no matter how much we complain about it.
HERE'S AN IDEA!!! PUT THE FREAKIN NOTICES IN EACH DOOR BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN HERE THAT DON'T GO OUT! THEY ARE CALLED DISABLED, OR SHUT-IN AND YOU RENT TO THEM! HOW THE HELL DO THEY SEE THOSE NOTICES BY THE ELEVATOR WHEN IT CAN EFFECT THEIR LIFE LIKE THE POWER OUTAGE VS OXYGEN!
unbelievable.. they simply couldn't give a rats ass.