Joint press release from Humboldt Bay Fire and the Eureka Police Department:
Humboldt Bay Fire and the Eureka Police Department are preparing for the potential shutdown of PG&E power to areas of Humboldt County within the next 24 hours.
In the event that an outage occurs, we may be without power for up to 5 days. Here are some tips to get ready:
• Fill your gas tanks
• Have emergency cash available
• Stock up on medications
• Have a light source on hand, preferably battery-operated
• Keep extra batteries on hand
• Charge up all your devices and backup power sources
• Gather a stock of non-perishable food and water
Humboldt Bay Fire has some important reminders for if the Shutoff Occurs:
• High winds may make operation of vehicles difficult; be cautious on the road.
• Watch out for down power lines. Do not attempt to approach a down power line. Notify your local emergency services if you locate a downed line.
• If you are using a generator, use only outdoors.
• Only fuel emergency generators when they are cool to avoid fuel fires.
• Ensure your Carbon Monoxide detector is working properly and have backup batteries for smoke alarms and detectors.
• Maintain a 3-foot separation between things that can burn and heating equipment.
• When using a fuel burning appliance, be sure there is proper ventilation to prevent a buildup of carbon monoxide.
• For heaters, Use ONLY the fuel recommended by the heater manufacturer. Refueling should be done outside of the home. NEVER fill the heater while it is operating or hot.
• Never use fuel-powered heaters or appliances indoors, or for purposes other than designed.
• If you use a chimney or a wood stove, make sure it is prepared for burning, the flue is open, and it is clean.
• Never leave candles unattended; use battery-operated light sources whenever possible.
Eureka Police Department has some important reminders for if the Shutoff Occurs:
• Treat any flashing traffic signals or traffic signals without power as a four-way stop
• Be extra cautious and aware while driving
• Stop at all intersections, even if you think you have the right-of-way
• As always, lock all your doors and windows, as well as your vehicles. • Know how to manually open your garage door
• Additional officers will be on duty patrolling the City during this time
As a reminder, please only call 9-1-1 in the event of a true emergency.
Humboldt Bay Fire and Eureka Police Department will continue to supply information via their social media pages as it becomes available.