PGE Power Outage Preparation Tips

As Oregon’s climate changes, more extreme conditions can increase the likelihood of storms and power outages. But if we’re all prepared, an outage can be a little easier to get through. Portland General Electric (PGE) has tips for putting together an outage kit and steps to take when an outage occurs.
Depending on weather conditions and other factors, an outage during a storm could last several hours or multiple days. You should have enough supplies to sustain your family (pets, too) for at least three days. PGE recommends placing items in waterproof and rodent-proof containers and replenishing the kit at least once a year.
A basic outage kit contains flashlights or head lamps; a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, clock or watch; extra batteries (including those for medical equipment); car chargers for cell phones, laptops and/or tablets; bottled water (one gallon per person per day) for people and animals (if you rely on electricity to pump water); nonperishable food, can opener, pots, pans and utensils; board games, books and playing cards; barbecue, gas grill or camp stove to use outside, plus fuel and a lighter or matches; and emergency phone numbers including PGE customer service (503.228.6322).
In addition to putting together a basic outage kit, planning should also include where you could relocate depending on the length of the outage and your needs. Consider if you are able to stay with a family member, friend or at a shelter, especially if you have a medical condition that requires electricity or need to work or learn from home.
Additional items that may be useful if you need to leave your home include winter-weight outerwear, pillows and blankets/sleeping bags. Find a more extensive list at bit.ly/48gDlpM.
You may also want to consider buying a backup generator and make sure to familiarize yourself with how to safely operate it. If you have solar panels, you may want to consider adding battery storage.
Finally, in the event of an outage, there are ways to help the batteries in your devices last longer. Although it might seem logical to turn devices off, tablets and phones use more battery power when they are being turned off and on so using sleep mode is a better option. Manually disable Bluetooth and notifications you don’t need and turn off wi-fi when not needed. Turn the brightness of the display down as low as possible and close apps when you’re done using them (rather than letting them continue to run in the background).

PGE Power Outage Preparation Tips

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