The City has developed an emergency preparedness brochure (in both English and Spanish) to help the community better prepare for natural disasters in general. Included in the brochure is information on how to create an “emergency kit”. The brochure is available on the Emergency Services webpage here (bit.ly/CoHemergency).
Specific to a public-safety power shutdown, below are some actions that you, your family, friends, and neighbors should take to prepare.
- Sign up for the City’s emergency alerts via NIXLE by texting your zip code (95448) to 888777.
- Charge your cell phone and identify back-up charging methods for phones and other electronic devices.
- If the power does go out, make sure to turn off all unnecessary appliances such as stoves, clothing iron, hair dryers, lights, and/or curling irons.
- Freeze containers of water for ice to help keep food cold in the freezer, refrigerator, or coolers in case the power goes out. If your normal water supply is contaminated or unavailable, the melting ice will also supply drinking water.
- Make sure you have a supply of bottled water. It is recommended to store one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days.
- Prepare or re-stock your emergency kit with flashlights, portable cell-phone chargers, fresh batteries, first aid supplies, cash, water, and food that will last up to five days.
- Keep emergency, family, and other important phone numbers accessible in hard copy
- Plan for any medical needs, such as ongoing prescriptions, medications that need refrigeration, or medical devices that require power.
- If you are dependent on an electric or battery-dependent medical technology such as a breathing machine, a power wheelchair or scooter, or home oxygen or dialysis, it is critical that you have a plan in place for an extended power outage.
- Plan ahead for the needs of pets and/or livestock.
- Know how to manually open your garage door or other access points of your property that rely on power.
- If you have a backup generator, make sure the generator is ready and safe to operate. Always follow the generator’s safety instructions and never refuel your generator while it’s running.
- Identify any unique needs of your family and loved ones should there be a loss of power.
- After power is restored remember to reset clocks, irrigation controls, programmable thermostats and other electronic devices.