Let me cherry pick, and add some comments of my own.....
"The number without power was dropping by the hour — 739,187 at noon, down by almost 40,000 since 8:30 a.m. — and power was fully restored to water pumping stations in Maryland, ending mandatory water restrictions in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. But Pepco officials estimated it could be Friday before power is restored to nearly all of its customers in Maryland and D.C. who are without electricity. Half the customers in Montgomery County remain without power, and County Executive Isaiah Leggett (D) called Pepco’s time frame “unacceptable.”"
Thus speaketh a politician without a shred of knowledge regarding the actual job of disaster recovery where power delivery is concerned. "I want it I want it I want it I want it Gimme gimme gimme gimme" would be on about the same intellectual level.
"Steve Souder, director of the Fairfax County’s 911 Center, said that while the county was fully prepared to respond to emergencies, they depend upon the Verizon network to get the calls to them. Officials at Verizon, which provides 911 services to Northern Virginia, have not yet responded to questions from The Washington Post."
Well.... duh. Verizon is not in the 'emergency services' business. They are in the communications BUSINESS.... to make money. They build their business to operate reasonably efficiently in regular times, and try to get back in business ASAP when it all goes pear shaped. That means they are never going to be reliable in a natural emergency. That's not their business model. Duh.
“I don’t ever remember 911 system going down, and it happened exactly at the time when we needed it most,” said Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. “Why was there not a backup or something?”
I'll take this one. What is.... "Because you were two friggin cheap to pay for a backup!"
You know folks..... stuff happens. Try to be a little prepared. Okay?