Jorie Klein runs disaster management for Parkland Hospital, and is still upset that her hospital was included in the rotating outages. We were not happy, she said. You cant just go down for 15 minutes and come back up. It really does disrupt hospital care.
Because of the sensitive life-saving equipment, hospitals are considered critical care facilities, and supposed to be exempt from rolling blackouts. Thats exactly what Presbyterian Dallas was led to believe. We were of the understanding that hospitals and other critical-care providers were not supposed to be affected by planned outages, said hospital spokesman Stephen OBrien.
Oncor admits that a mistake was made. We are sorry this happened. We are in a process of refining our processes, so in the unlikely event of future mandates for rotating outages, hospitals will be excluded, said Oncor spokeswoman Catherine Cuellar.
Although Oncor is taking responsibility, the company is asking for some understanding. Oncor said that the state-mandated ERCOT blackouts were outages of historic proportion. We were following protocols that have never been tested to this degree. This was the widest number of rotating outages for the longest period of time, ever! said Cuellar.
Klein said that there has to be a better way to assure hospitals that there wont be a next time. I do believe that if theres not legislation and regulations to protect hospitals, there should be, Klein said. We are a trauma center and a safety net for our community.
Klein said that all of the elective surgeries the hospital had set for Thursday are being re-scheduled. Parkland Hospital officials will continue to evaluate the situation, but expect things to be back to normal on Friday.
All of the hospitals that lost power had back-up generators that kicked in minutes later. But that still did not stop computers and medical equipment from being disrupted, and ultimately causing great concern among hospital administrators. (CBS 11 News, 2.02.2011, Jay Gormley) http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/02/02/blackouts-anger-dallas-hospitals
Mexico's state electricity company on Wednesday started supplying electricity to the US state of Texas, where demand shot up amid unusually cold temperatures and caused power outages.
Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission "was determined to support Texas with electrical energy faced with the problems the state is suffering due to climatological conditions," a statement said.
An energy transfer of 280 megawatts began at midday (1800 GMT) via the north Mexican border cities of Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Piedras Negras, it added.
Texas Governor Rick Perry said in a statement that power and emergency management experts were working with utility providers to ensure power was restored as quickly as possible.
"Until that happens, I urge businesses and residents to conserve electricity to minimize the impact of this event," Perry added.
An epic winter storm Wednesday buried more than a third of the United States in drifting snow, sleet and ice that brought air and road travel to a halt.
Snowstorms also paralyzed air transport, blocked operations in factories and caused schools to shut in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas.
Ciudad Juarez mayor Hector Murgia said the temperatures of around minus 13 degrees centigrade (8.6 Fahrenheit) were the lowest recorded in almost 50 years. (AFP, Yahoo News, 2.02.2011) http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/Mexico-supplies-electricity-afp-95120296.html?x=0
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