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How residents can prepare for power outages

Pacific Gas and Electric is asking residents to prepare to be without electricity. Due to the increased wildfire threats our state faces, PG&E said they’re expanding efforts to reduce wildfire risks by conducting Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). 

“A PSPS could mean that you might be without power for several days, even if you do not live in a high fire-threat area. Losing power will undoubtedly bring challenges, but by preparing in advance you can reduce the stress and anxiety of a PSPS,” said PG&E officials.

Some California residents received text messages from PG&E informing them that their power could be shut off between the hours of 3-10 p.m. on Aug. 17-20. PG&E said the outages typically last one to two hours.

 

Take these steps before a PSPS

-Prepare an emergency supply kit, include flashlights, first aid supplies, food, water and cash. 

-Fully charge your cell phone.

-Create a safety plan for your family, including pets.

 

Take these steps during an outage

-Leave a lamp on to alert you when the power returns. 

-A refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours and a full freezer will keep its temperature for roughly 48 hours. Use coolers with ice to keep food cold. 

 
For more information on how to prepare for a PSPS and what to do during an outage, visit PG&E’s website: https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/outage-readiness.page