You never know when your utility company will cut the power. Suddenly your house goes dark, your fridge shuts off, and you wonder if services will come back on before your food spoils.
Such an incident happened on October 8, 2019, when the Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced hundreds of thousands would lose electricity for due to an impending natural disaster. Power isn't scheduled to resume until the severe weather event is over.
Here's more from the San Francisco Business Times:
Convalescent facilities and retirement homes are key businesses that could be seriously impacted, said Kathe Nelson, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce in Moraga, which sits in the middle of PG&E’s shut-off zone. Nelson said any facility that administers oxygen for its patients could be impacted. She also noted that food spoilage would likely be an issue for small restaurants and eateries.
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District is currently assessing and reaching out to the kinds of facilities that would be the most at risk, Public Information Officer Steve Hill said. “It’s not the hospitals and the bigger places — it’s the smaller care facilities that might not have backup power and might be able to weather a short outage but not one that lasts three to five days,” said Hill, adding that retirement communities in Rossmoor, where the elderly use medical devices that require power, would likely be negatively impacted.
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