How to Prepare for Potential PG&E Power Outage

Here we go AGAIN…

By on November 18, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 15: The Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) logo is displayed on a sign in front of the PG&E Service Center on January 15, 2019 in San Rafael, California. PG&E announced that they are preparing to file for bankruptcy at the end of January as they face an estimated $30 billion in legal claims for electrical equipment that might have been responsible for igniting destructive wildfires in California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

PG&E says that they might cut power to a reported 750,000 of its customers on either Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

Even if you do not live in a wildfire-affected area, you still might see the blackouts. PG&E wants to give 48-hour notice before a planned blackout, which could last approximately two to five days.

That opens up the conversation of what to do if your house is affected.

Prepare for a blackout with these tips

-Have a plan in place to get your car out of the garage.
-Have a full tank of gas.
-Have batteries and flashlights available. Candles are NOT a good idea.
-Have a stockpile of water and snacks ready to go. Don’t pick things that need to be refrigerated.
-The things in your freezer won’t defrost immediately.They will be good for up to 48 hours as long as the door is shut.
-Have a first aid kit and medications fully stocked.
-Have your pet carriers accessible in case you need to evacuate.
-Have a designated place for all important paperwork and items.
-Have cash available. ATMs might not be working.
-Have battery-powered fans.
-Invested in can openers, styrofoam coolers, and generators.
-Have extra batteries.

If a power line comes down in your neighborhood, follow these instructions.

What other tips have you used in past shutoffs? Let me know in the Facebook comments.

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