California's largest utility began cutting power to customers in Northern and Central California on Wednesday, as the threat of fire has increased due to dry conditions and strong winds. The planned power outages of PG & E can affect up to 800,000 customers in nearly 3 dozen counties. Utilities warn that it may take 7 days for everyone to restore power.
PG & E is interrupting power to avoid a repeat of last year when the equipment was accused of setting fire to the foothills of California. The power outages can also spread to southern California, as Southern California Edison warns that it can also come to a power outage due to the risk of fire.
When power outages are planned in an area ̵
Check if you are in a scheduled blackout area.
PG & E has a page that you can use Check if you are in an area where a power outage is planned. However, the page is often unavailable. However, you can find other maps to give you an idea of whether you are outside of a failure area in ours.
Charge before the power goes out.
The goal is to go into that failure with all your devices and energy sources.
- If you have a portable power bank, make sure you charge it before the power goes out. A power bank will not bring you through a week of uninterrupted power. However, if you're able to get several days off when you turn your phone on to get updates, turn it off again. And limit how often you check your phone. Each time the power is turned on, the battery is discharged.
- If you have a portable solar charger that you can use to charge your phone, have it ready.
- If you have neither an energy bank nor a solar charger, you may still have a power source. You can use the battery pack in a laptop – either your current or an older laptop that you have decommissioned – to power your phone during power outages. You need to find the right cables to connect, but you should be able to consume a few days of power for your phone. If you're a multi-phone group, you should consider that the group uses only one phone at a time, rather than turning them on at the same time.
Protect your phone's battery
Keep your phone's battery charged For as long as possible, you can take some steps to protect your phone's battery during the outage.
- Disable Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS unless you need them to get help in an emergency. You can maintain your mobile connection because mobile operators have indicated that their networks should be available through the power outage.
- Next, turn off push notifications and avoid streaming services that damage the battery. And darken your display. Bright screens are great, but consume a lot of power.
- If you do not want to turn off your phone, switch to airplane mode, which turns off all power-consuming radios. If you then make a call or send a message, exit Airplane Mode. You should also send short text messages instead of making calls that can damage and drain the battery.
For more information on protecting the battery, see our guide.
How to survive a power outage
If you have an emergency bag or emergency kit, take it with you because you want to have all the light sources, tools, cash, and other supplies you have for one have an emergency.
If you have time before the power goes down, you can take a few steps to make sure your phone helps you in an emergency.
Here are 14 things you can do during a power outage.