What to do to Prepare Before a Power Outage


As we prepare for this storm season, an important step is to ensure you and your household are prepared for any hardships that may result, especially if you lose power. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) encourages all Californians to be prepared for potential power outages.  

Preparing for a Power Outage 

There are steps you can take now to prepare for a power outage.  

  • Take inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity and plan for alternative power sources.  
  • Have flashlights ready in different parts of your home.  
  • Ensure cell phones and power banks are fully charged.  
  • You may have to stay at home during a power outage, think of other items your family may need like nonperishable food, water, blankets or toys close by. 

Know Your Medical Needs 

Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Know how long your medications can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life. 

Sign Up for Alerts 

Stay informed and know where to go to get local resources to minimize disruption if your power is off.  

Listos California

Pacific Gas & Electric 

Southern California Edison 


Food Storage  

  • Prepare enough nonperishable food and water for every member of your household for three days.  
  • Open freezers and refrigerators only when necessary.  
  • Your refrigerator can keep food cold for four hours.  
  • A full freezer will maintain temperature for two days.  
  • Use coolers with ice if necessary.