PG&E prepares for possible power outages due to winter weather this week, tips to be prepared

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HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM) — Wind, rain, and snow are all in the forecast for the North Coast this week. PG&E is preparing for the possibility of power outages as a result. The utility company says the bulk of those outages could happen on Wednesday.

“We are staffing up because of this outage prediction model. We know with historical data and meteorological data that the bulk of outages could happen on Wednesday, so we’re prepared and we want our customers to be prepared,ā€ according to PG&E spokesperson Deanna Contreras.

This includes making sure you have working flashlights and extra batteries. It’s also important to make sure all your electronic devices are charged up. Don’t forget about other things in your home that may need power.

“Are there medications in your refrigerator that have to stay cool? Have a backup plan for that, whether it be baggies of ice or a cooler, or whatever. Just take stock of whatever needs power in your home,ā€ Contreras says.

If the power does go out, customers signed up for notifications will get an automated phone call or text alert with an estimated restoration time. The majority of outages are expected in the Willow Creek and Ruth Lake areas, but for more remote areas it might take a little longer for the lights to turn back on.

“Depending on if there’s trees down in the road, depending on access issues, it takes our crews some time to get to these more remote areas, so you may not get that text alert or phone call until we have a better idea of how long it’s going to take to restore power in those areas,ā€ Contreras adds.

PG&E reminds residents if you see a downed power line, assume it’s energized and immediately call 911 or PG&E. For more tips and information, you can visit PG&Eā€™s website.