Wildfire Preparedness: Planned power outage resources for the state of California
According to the Center of Disaster Philanthropy, there were nearly 7,000 wildfires in California (USA) in 2019. More than 250,000 acres of land were damaged including 732 structures feeling the wrath of the flames. After these devastating effects, power companies on the west coast have begun to prepare for the worst.
In an effort reduce the likelihood of wildfires, power companies are planning power outages whenever weather conditions appear to be dangerous. In the event of extreme temperatures and high winds, you can expect that there may be a planned outage.
With the frequency of planned outages increasing, homeowners are calling for more information and resources. If there are dangerous weather conditions:
How will I know if my power will be shut off? When will the power outage occur? How long will the power be out? What are essentials during a blackout? What can I do to prepare?
These are the questions that California residents have been plagued with recently. Fortunately, there are tools out there to assist you with these uncertainties.
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) provides power to over 16 million residences in California. Here are a few of the resources they have available.
- Prepare for a Planned Outage – Planned power outages are a relatively new concept. The idea of having your power preemptively turned off is different than preparing for the unexpected outage. Here is a list of things you can do to prepare.
- Access Information about Current Outages – This tool allows you to view a map that provides real time information about current outages. The map shows outages by city, county or zip code and will provide the preliminary cause, status, start time and estimated restoration time. If you have lost power, you can also report your outage.
- Outage Notifications – If you want to stay up to date on the latest power outage information, you can sign up for notifications here. PG&E will let you know the cause of the outage, when power crews are on their way, estimated restoration time and when power is restored.
- Compensation for Outages – If your power is out for an extended period of time, you may qualify for compensation. The Safety Net program offers payments to customers who are without power for more than 48 hours. Payments may vary depending on the length of the outage.
- Wildfire Safety – Increased wildfire concerns call for enhanced and expanded safety efforts. Reducing risks related to the cause of wildfires is something anyone can commit to. Head to this site for safety webinars, outage readiness, and information about backup power.
Awareness to these resources in the state of California is crucial for PG&E customers. The more you know about planned power outages and the effects of wildfires, the more you can prepare to keep your home safe.
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Uninterrupted access to power can provide you a worry-free wildfire season in 2020. Inquire about a Cummins home generator now.