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Contingency planning - John C. Kirk

Jan. 15th, 2011

09:24 pm - Contingency planning

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Date:January 19th, 2011 10:04 am (UTC)
I observe that tills also run on electricity, and shops tend to rather like having artificial lighting as well. If there's a sufficiently widespread power cut that all the debit/credit card machines and cashpoints in the vicinity aren't working, then you're rather unlikely to find an open shop to buy anything from anyway. Which is not to say that a small cash reserve at home is a totally pointless idea, but it's not going to be useful for shopping during a large blackout.

Also, bread can be made with pretty much any fat, not just butter.
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Date:January 19th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
I think you're right about the big supermarkets, but I have seen smaller shops (e.g. newsagents) open during powercuts - they get enough natural light from outside, and the staff keep pen and paper next to the till. I think that you can still open the cash drawer when the power's off (if you have the key). This tends to work best at shops where they know all the prices (or use stickers) rather than relying on barcodes.
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