Are you prepared for storms?
Winter storm season is here. Are you prepared for wind, rain and snow that can potentially cause temporary power outages? Here are some tips from P G & E to consider this winter:
- Do you have an emergency kit ready? — Stock an emergency supply kit with food, water, flashlights, batteries, first aid equipment, cash and other critical supplies. To make sure you’re prepared before a winter emergency or outage, remember to check your kit every six months.
- Do you have a plan for medical needs? — Plan ahead for medications that require refrigeration and devices that need power. In the event of an outage, check your device once power is turned back on to determine whether settings have changed or reset.
- Do you see downed power lines? — Never touch them because the wires might still be energized, and contact could result in serious or fatal injury. Please report downed wires immediately to emergency responders at 911 and PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.
- Is your backup generator ready to safely operate? — Make sure you understand and follow safety instructions for installation and use. Generators should be installed by a licensed electrician and operated in a well-ventilated area.
- Make your own ice ahead of time. Freeze containers of water to keep food cold while power is off.
- Before the outage begins, set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings until power is restored.
- Use coolers to keep food cold while power is off.
- Limit opening refrigerator and freezer doors. When power is off, food can be kept cold for up to four hours in refrigerators and up to 48 hours in freezers.
- Buy shelf stable foods.
- Have a backup key to replace electronic keys and locks which will not work.
- Turn off/disconnect electrical appliances or equipment, like T.V.s and computers, that may spark or surge when power returns.
- Buy a battery-powered or crank radio.
- Download or print documents you may need.
- Locate free Wi-Fi locations in adjacent areas.
- Invest in portable mobile and laptop battery chargers.
- Charge cell phones and backup chargers in advance.
- Stock up on batteries for items you rely on.