Here’s what you need to know about preparing for a power outage during a winter storm or one of PG&E’s public safety power shutdowns during California wildfire season.
During wildfire season, PG&E has said it could shut down electricity in high-risk areas for up to “multiple” days if the risk of sparking power lines could cause wildfires. Here are some tips from PG&E and others to help you deal with a power outage no matter when it happens.
Before a power outage
- Make a safety plan for every member of your household, including pets. Identify a backup location where you can go and an emergency meeting spot.
- Update your contact information with PG&E at pge.com/mywildfirealerts to get alerts about power shutdowns. If your contact information isn’t updated, the utility will use what it has on file.
- Plan for your medical needs, including medications that need to be refrigerated, and power-dependent devices. Talk to your doctor about what you should do, and make sure PG&E knows about any medical devices.
- Keep a hard copy of emergency phone numbers, and identify a backup method for charging your cellphone.
- Make sure you know how to manually open your garage door.
- Have an emergency kit with food, water, a flashlight, batteries, a battery- or crank-powered radio, a charged cellphone, first aid, clothing, medications, cash, credit cards and important documents. Include toys, books and games for children, and have a fueled-up vehicle.
- Freeze water in plastic jugs to place…