Making the best of a power outage at Gump’s San Francisco. Welcome back!
Prepare. Plan. Don’t Panic.
If you live in Sonoma County, it’s too late to prepare for the current outage, but that doesn’t mean you have to panic, or plan ahead for the next outage. PG&E has turned off power due to windy and dry conditions and because of a heightened fire risk. No restoration time has been announced, so it’s a case of battening down the hatches and waiting.
There’s Something About October
In 2017 when Sonoma was hit with the Tubbs, Adobe and Atlas wildfires, the worst in history, it was an October that I will not soon forget. Natural disasters in the greater Bay Area love our Indian Summers from earthquakes to fires, and now the largest recorded blackout on record.
Disaster Prep 101
An outage that lasts a few hours is not much of an inconvenience. But when you’re told it could last a week or more, things change and fast. Better to be safe than sorry: plan and prepare, but don’t panic:
- Gas up your car and open the garage and/or gate before the outage begins.
- Make sure you have plenty of flashlights and extra batteries.
- Charge all electronics: radios, laptop, iPads and iPhones.
- First aid kits are essential in both the home and car.
- Your emergency preparedness kit should contain plenty of food and water.
- Let your family know that you are safe.
- When you lose power in the middle of the night, try not to think about the Liv Tyler movie “The Strangers.” Terrifying!
- Drive back to San Francisco and spend the day Christmas shopping at the Gump’s pop up store. There’s no place like home.
This blog was written @ 3:33am when my power was shut down