June 21, 2019– Mary Greeley News – Before an outage what you should have done.
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.
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.
If you live in a building with elevators or electronic key-card access, talk to your building manager about how they would deal with a multiday outage.
Consider a backup power source, such as a generator, and make sure it’s ready to operate safely.
Identify multiple people who know how to operate your equipment and backup systems.
During an outage
Unplug or turn off appliances, equipment and electronics to avoid damage from surges when power is restored.
Leave a single lamp on so you’ll know when power returns. When power is restored, turn on appliances one at a time.
Consider using coolers with ice to keep food cold and safe. A refrigerator typically will keep food cold for about four hours, and a full freezer will keep its temperature for about 48 hours if doors to the appliances are kept closed.
Check on your neighbors.
Only use generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills outdoors. Don’t use a gas stove for heat.
credit: In part with https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/06/21/pge-says-you-should-prepare-before-the-power-goes-out/