It’s the power shut-off season. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced the possibility of pre-emptive power shut offs across Northern California this week, including Marin, during periods of especially dry and windy weather.
The preemptive power shut offs are done, the utility says, to reduce wildfire risk from its equipment.
PG&E will list its planned outages on its PG&E alerts webpage.
The utility is also supposed to notify customers at 48 hours, 24 hours and just before shutting off power, issuing alerts via automated calls, texts and emails.
What should you do if an alert is issued?
— Buy shelf-stable foods.
— Set your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting, and have a cooler ready to keep food cold.
— Charge phones and other electronics in advance.
— Turn off electrical appliances or equipment that could spark when power is restored.
It is important to remember that if you rely on electric or battery-dependent medical devices you can get additional phone calls and an at-home visit from PG&E. You can apply on the utilities’ website.