PG&E will be shutting down power for up to a few days — here’s what you need to know to prepare

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6 thoughts on “PG&E will be shutting down power for up to a few days — here’s what you need to know to prepare

  1. Great article with good information! I would suggest providing the information people need to sign up for emergency alerts.

    Text your zip code to 888777 to receive Nixle alerts on your cell phone.

    Sign up with MendoAlert as that’s the primary emergency alert notification system for Mendocino County. You can do this on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s website.

    You can also register with PG&E directly on their website to get alerts from them… I believe you can do this even if you’re not a customer directly.

    • thanks Jennifer! We’ve included additional links to all of those things at the bottom of the article.

  2. As a native Californian & former Northern California resident, I cannot count the times PG&E had to turn off power 30+ years ago to fix one problem or another.

    Temperatures at 100F or more, then having power shutdowns for at least a week led to the company sending us checks for spoiled meat/poultry/pork in our refrigerators.

    Fires ? We had suspected for quite sometime PG&E lines in isolated areas was part of a much larger problem.
    The wording PG&E uses is interesting & intended, in this article.

    See, I still remember when in 2001 ERON when bust, PG&E’s involvement with the Company & ridiculous statement they made up ENRON’S demise-

    California is going to run out of electricity. (To cover their Company)

  3. I live in Upper Lake, is there any information about this sort of shut down In Lake County. I currently have to sleep with a CPAC air breathing machine when sleeping. I have not or cannot afford a generator. Thank You

    • I would check with your city or with the county, but a lot of the information from PG&E will be similar. You should contact your air machine company for additional info as well.

  4. Great article, thanks for pulling together all this information in one spot.

    Regarding backup generators: I have not been able to find any information on how much gas we can legally store here in Mendocino County. Has the county government figured this out since the BOS Metting? Also, have you come across any “County approved” information about storing gas safely? There ought to be meetings in every community about preparing for the shut-offs, this is going to catch a huge number of people unprepared. Thanks.

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