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power outage

DEFINITION: A power outage is a short- or long-term state of electric power loss in a given area or section of a power grid." (technopedia) Power outages can be caused by other hazards, including severe weather, earthquakes, or fires. They can also be planned events, coordinated to reduce the risk of fires. 

HISTORY AND SCOPE: Del Norte County's wet and windy climate increases our susceptibility to power disruptions. Although these are usually short term, it is not uncommon for outages to last a day or longer. In a large scale disaster such as a fire or earthquake, we could lose power for a prolonged period. Keeping a home preparedness kit can help you and your family cope during longer periods without electricity. 

Lights out? Call Pacific Power at 1-800-743-5002 or text OUT to 722797.


 Steer Clear of downed lines! If you see downed electric lines, stay at least 35 feet back from the lines or anything in contact with them. Call 9-1-1 immediately, then dial 1-800-743-5000 to report the hazard.

Discover tips to prepare for outages, generator use safety tips, and resources during power outages on the Pacific Power web page.


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