Weathering the Storm

Though this winter storm has not been catastrophic, it has certainly affected normal life.

Apart from transporation being affected by accidents and route closures, the common problem has been widespread power outages. If you want to report an outage or get information, call 1-800-PGE-5002. Some more tips to handle power outages:

  • If you see a downed power line, assume it is “live” or carrying electric current. Do not touch or try to move it – and keep children and animals away.
  • Keep warm by wearing loose layers of clothing to trap body heat. Wear a hat, even while sleeping. Keep moving to generate heat.
  • Fill used liter-size plastic soda bottles with water and place them in the freezer. During an extended outage, transfer them to the refrigerator to prevent food from spoiling. Open the refrigerator only when necessary, keeping warm air out and cooler air in.

Read more here and there.

Also, you can check out Cold Weather Shelters and sandbag locations.

While we understand that many of us do not have power or Internet connections, we are just attempting to get word around and be of help. Be safe and help others too. If you have some useful information, pass it on in the Comments section.

[With inputs from Joann Landers]

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