Power Outage: Here’s How To Prepare

Below are tips on how to prepare for a planned power outage:

  • Confirm or update your contact information with PG&E
  • Create a safety plan for all members of your family, including pets.
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit. Include enough water and nonperishable food to last your household one week.
  • Determine if your landline will work during an outage. Keep a mobile phone as backup.
  • Keep mobile phones charged.
  • If you have a generator, make sure it’s ready to operate safely.
  • Have flashlights available for your household. Avoid using candles.
  • Have a battery-powered or crank radio.
  • Stock up on the right batteries for items you rely on. Include two extra sets in various sizes.
  • Keep cash on hand and a full tank of gas. ATMs and gas stations may not be available during an outage.
  • Learn how to manually open your garage or any other door that operates with electricity.
  • Talk with your building manager if you live or work in a building that has elevators or electronic key card access to understand how they will deal with a possible multi-day outage.

Take these steps during an outage:

  • Unplug or turn off appliances, equipment, and electronics to avoid damage caused by surges when the power is restored.
  • Leave a single lamp on to alert you when the power returns.
  • Your refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours and a full freezer will keep its temperature for about 48 hours. Consider using coolers with ice to keep food cold and safe.
  • Be sure to use generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills outdoors only.
  • Check on your neighbors.

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