PG&E has started with an operational practice called “Public Safety Power Shutoff”. This procedure will be used by PG&E to preemptively shut off power in fire risk areas during extreme weather conditions.
Prolonged power outages require steps to keep all members of the family as comfortable as possible and minimize the losses. E.g. losing perishable foods.
All About Public Safety Power Shutoff
To keep people and communities safe, local energy companies may need to turn off the power during extreme weather or wildfire conditions. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
If a Public Safety Power Shutoff is required due to an extreme weather condition, residents can expect:
Early Warning Notification: The energy companies will send customer alerts before shutting off the power.
Ongoing Updates: The companies will provide ongoing updates through local news outlets, social media and their website.
Safety Inspections: After extreme weather has passed, the companies will inspect the lines in affected areas before restoring the power safely.
A power outage can last for multiple days depending on the severity of the weather and other factors. Therefore, it is crucial that you and your family have an emergency preparedness plan in place.
PREPARING FOR THE POWER OUTAGE
During a Public Safety Power Shutoff, if there are residents who depend on electricity for a medical device, like electric or battery-dependent medical technologies such as breathing machines, home oxygen or dialysis, a power wheelchair or scooter, it is critical that they have a plan in place for an extended power outage.
This plan should include:
Making sure that the energy company is aware of the medical device.
Keeping emergency phone numbers handy.
A backup location where the patient can go.
A safe backup power source, like a generator or uninterruptible power supply.
Establishing multiple people that can be contacted for help, who are aware of operating the equipment and backup systems.
What If You Are dependent on Electricity for a Medical Device?
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