Some Suggestions for Getting Through a Power Shutoff
October 8, 2019
It will still be a headache, but doing a few simple things now can help.
It looks like PG&E is going to shut off power in large parts of the Bay Area tomorrow early morning in order to reduce the risk of wildfires. I have been getting asked by colleagues about what they might do to deal with that. I’m no engineer, but I have spoken to quite a few, and here are some suggestions.
- Charge your electronics. But if you have a modern vehicle, keeping your cell phone charged is not going to be the challenge. You can charge it from your car. Likewise for your other devices with a USB connection.
- Since you are going to be using your car as a generator. Make sure it has fuel. Fill your gas tank.