Have an outage kit
Create a summer outage kit and make sure everyone in your home knows where to find it. Below are a few basic items.
Flashlights or headlamps
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and clock or watch
Battery-powered or hand-held fans
Car chargers for cell phones and electronic devices
Bottled water for people and animals (if you rely on electricity to pump water)
Frozen cold packs or water frozen in bags or plastic bottles (keep ready in your freezer)
Emergency phone numbers, including PGE Customer Service: 503-228-6322
Stay safe during the heat
If you rely on electricity for your health, and you are not yet part of our Medical Certificate program, call us and we will enroll you.
And, be sure to have a backup plan: Know how to get to an alternate location or should you lose power. Call 211 for transportation to a cooling center.
If you’ve got an extra fan or are out buying fans, consider donating one to the Meals on Wheels People for distribution to elderly neighbors in need.
Plan to keep food safe
Consider these food safety tips from foodsafety.gov:
Freeze water in one-quart plastic storage bags to help keep food cool if your power goes out. Don’t fill them too full, or they might split as water expands when it freezes.
Use appliance thermometers in both the refrigerator and the freezer to be sure your food is safe in case of a power outage. Safe temperatures are 40°F or lower in the refrigerator, 0°F or lower in the freezer.
Know where you can get dry ice or block ice.
Have a few days’ worth of ready-to-eat foods that do not require cooking or cooling.