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.
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- 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.