You can imagine what the water cooler talks entailed the day after Hurricane Irene swept through the Northeast. Even two days after the storm, there was no shortage of discussions of who had power and where one lived in relation to another who had power. Or that nearly every store was sold out of ice and flash lights.
As you can imagine, the loss of power leaves you without the modern convenience of a working refrigerator(to keep food from spoiling), hot showers, or the ability to cook food. It’s been reported this power outage could last for days or even exceed a week, which can be a major source of discomfort.
Now imagine that you have roommates who are “like” your paying customers to live in your house and you don’t have the convenience of doing the simplest things because of the loss of power. Am I at fault? Do I have to provide alternative housing? or is it survival mode – every roommate for themselves?
Fortunately for me, I didn’t have to experience any inconvenience related to a power loss during or after the storm. Although, just prior to the storm, I did stock my freezer up with three – ten pound bags of ice to keep food items cold. It always seems like when you’re most prepared for the worst-case scenario, that’s when thing usually turn out better than expected. Nevertheless, I really do feel fortunate that I didn’t have to live without electricity for some unknown time like my co-workers.
Thanks for the scare Irene, may be next time!
Getting back to the question, am I obligated to provide the convenience of hot showers, the ability to cook food during a natural disaster even after I told my roommates to prepare for the worst?
I did give away my three – ten bags of ice to a co-worker that lost power since it was taking up my entire freezer space.