How to stay safe in a power outage

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Crews work to restore power to Terwilliger after the Rock Fire. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
Any time of year presents hazards to our power grid. But winter brings with it a new series of events, such as storms, freezing temperatures and Santa Ana winds that suggest residents have a plan for unexpected power outages. The key is to have a strategy and prepare before something happens. Make a list of the items you need that rely on electricity. Talk to your medical provider and utility company regarding an outage plan for medical devices that rely on electricity and even refrigerated medicines. Plan for batteries and other alternatives, even solar lights, to meet your needs when the power goes out. Sign up for local alerts and warning systems from your utility provider and county resource center. Have flashlights with extra batteries and enough nonperishable food and water for
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