The serenity of the ocean and lush greenery in our private parks and grounds is what we love most about this place called home. Apart from its accessibility to Manhattan, we also love the fact that we are living in a place that is very well maintained and secured. For where can we find a place in New York that is equipped with its own power plant. Remember that big brownout in the Northeast in August of 2003? The entire city was dark, everyone in the city and our neighborhood went dark but us. Yes, the five high rise buildings in our property was lit and the residents were in the comfort of their homes on that hot summer night except for my husband who decided to sleep the night in the comfort of his office equipped with generators instead of walking home from Wall Street. He decided to stay along with many employees who didn’t want to walk home. Emergency lights were aplenty and although, they would go on and off to conserve power, they provided enough lighting. Best of all, the people in their firm who decided to stay for the night were also fed courtesy of the firm.
But just like any system, the power plant right here where we live is not without glitches too. Of the almost nine years that I have been living here: four years in our first place and almost five years here in our current place, I can exactly say that there have been four instances that we have power outages. It’s good that each emergency lighting is strategically located in the public areas indoor and outdoor. Plus, during those four outages, the Security and Maintenance people are always ready to get into action and help people to evacuate if it’s needed.
I can just imagine how catastrophic it would be if a place is not equipped with reliable and quality emergency lighting that is ready to be used when the need arises. Call me paranoid, but I’m always on the look out for these emergency equipments when I’m outside, and that also include exit signs. There’s one thing I noticed though, right here in our own building. I’m not sure if it is equipped with braille exit signs. I have to look closely when I head out later today. If my memory is right, and I find out that it’s not equipped, I should call the attention of the Board to look into it. They should know the regulations of the State.