PG&E hosts an open house for customers across the Central Coast to talk about it’s ‘Community Wildfire Safety Program.’
PG&E officials discussed some of the most ‘at risk’ wildfire areas on the central coast with participants.
Officials went into further detail regarding the letters being received in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County. They say that power may be shut off to customers who live or are near power lines that are in areas experiencing extreme fire danger conditions.
Locals express that losing power for an unknown period of time may be inconvenient, but worth it. “I don’t think it does anyone any good to have the whole town of San Luis Obispo burn down, including my house,” said San Luis Obispo resident Ben Johnson, ” so if there is anything they can do to proactively keep the town from burning down then I’m all for it.”
Professionals with PG&E advised residents to always have an emergency plan ready. Some of those steps include:
- Update your contact information with your local energy company.
- Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.
- Plan for medical needs like medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power.
- Plan for the needs of pets and livestock.
- Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash
- Designate an emergency meeting location.
- Ensure any backup generators are ready to safely operate
Additional information on creating an emergency plan is available at this website.