If you rely on PG&E for your power supply, you know this year has been full of news about rising power rates, power outages, and wildfire warnings. All Pacific Gas and Electric customers are now warned by the company to prepare for potential power outages lasting 48 hours or more. Eeeek! Do you know how you will survive two days or more without power, especially in these months of triple-digit heat? How will all the food in your fridge and freezer fare, how will you last with no air conditioning, and how will your livestock last without access to power? Fortunately, you can solve all of your potential power problems by investing in a generator (more on that later). Before you become the envy of the block with your generator power in an outage, here are a few additional steps you can use to prepare yourself, your family or your business for a long-lasting power outage.
Give your digits to PG&E
As the saying goes, the phone works both ways. Thankfully, modern technology and automated text alerts from the power company can be helpful when you are looking for updates about your power supply. You can also follow PG&E, CalFire and other local news, energy or fire-related agencies on social media sites for many current updates.
Keep your phone charged
This is important, but don’t make your phone obsession your only priority. Make a personal plan of all your must-haves with your family, as well as your office team if applicable, to arrange for medical needs, an emergency supply kit (more on that here), a portable phone charger, and extra batteries. Make your list and check it twice!
Be a Tech Wiz
Discover how your landlines will work in an outage, and share this understanding. Know how to manually open your garage door- because you may want access to your car. Find out how keyless entrances will work and don’t forget to figure out an alternative to that elevator situation.
Know what actions to take in the event of a power outage. Unplug, have a plan for all those leftovers in your fridge, and make sure those coolers you have stocked up on over the years are accessible. Also, remember to check in on your neighbors!
Secure a Generator
If you want zero-impact from a PG&E outage and desire power for your property, animals, water access — you name it — give our DC Solar team a call at (530) 432-8114 and we will supply you a generator to fit your needs, as well as all the information you will need to know about its proper usage. You can secure yourself a propane or natural gas-powered generator with an automatic transfer switch so that your generator automatically clicks on when the power goes out. Not only will you be the only one in your neighborhood with power during an outage, but your food, property, and livestock will also stay safe and secure during a power shutoff.