ARE YOU WORKING FROM HOME?
DO YOU HAVE ANY KIDS DISTANCE LEARNING?
You might be aware of crucial things, such as medical devices and refrigerated medications, that can be adversely affected by a power outage. Due to the pandemic, there are two more important situations that could be negatively impacted by loss of power at home: work and school.

Many are working from home and being unable to work could become a financial burden. The majority of school-age children in the area are attending classes online and doing schoolwork using computers/tablets. Therefore we strongly encourage having a plan in place for loss of power due to a PSPS or other event.

  • Know ahead of time: SIGN UP to receive alerts
  • If a PSPS is looming, reschedule any online (Zoom, e.g.) meetings
  • Research a back-up location to work where there'll be power and internet connection, and that also allows for physical distancing. Check for nearby PG&E Community Resource Centers.
  • Have a contingency plan if you can't work online
  • Ask teachers what their expectations are from students in the event of schooling being affected by loss of power
  • Refer to the OCP&R guides listed below for detailed and helpful info
  • Invest in back up power sources such as power banks and portable power stations. Consider solar-charged options.
EXPLORE BACK-UP POWER Portable storage battery "power stations" allow you to charge things such as phones and to run Internet modems to keep you connected for a day or so, depending on size. These solutions work indoors and out, without the noise, fumes or maintenance of a traditional gasoline-powered generator. PG&E put together this marketplace (but does not profit from retail sales of these products).
PREPARE FOR PSPS EVENTS
BACKUP POWER
OPTIONS
EMERGENCY
GENERATORS
PRODUCT OF INTEREST
LuminAID makes inflatable 2-in-1 combo phone charger/solar lanterns that can charge mobile devices at the same speed as wall outlets. In addition to the high-efficiency solar panels, the lanterns can also be quickly charged through a USB charge port. LuminAID sponsors a Give Light, Get Light humanitarian campaign in their mission to make safe light and energy accessible for all.
Note: we are neither endorsing nor benefitting from the sale of these products, just passing along information that may be of use.
To Keep Your Phone Charged During An Outage (Note: tip #7 doesn't apply specifically to our area but you can search for PG&E Community Resource Centers)
SAFETY TIPS DURING POWER OUTAGE
  • Safety Action Center (PG&E)
  • Outage Tips (by SCE) divided into categories Electronics & Appliances, Food Safety, Medical Equipment, Circuit Breaker, Generator Safety, Driving During Outage, Elevator Safety
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