Power Outages


    1. Before a Power Outage: Emergency Preparedness
    2. During a Power Outage
    3. When you get your power back:
    4. Past Power Outages

Electrical power outages are uncommon, but they do happen. They tend to happen in early winter when the first rains and winds overload trees and knock them onto power lines and on the hottest summer days when power transformers overheat due to high air conditioner loads and the already high ambient air temperature. Vehicle accidents, lightning, and squirrels are additional causes.

This is a page to help residents know how to prepare for possible power outages, alert them to sources of information, including phone numbers, during a power outage, and what you should do when your power comes back on.

Before a Power Outage: Emergency Preparedness

During a Power Outage

To report a downed powerline or other dangerous situation, call (530) 666-8920.

When you get your power back:

Check your refrigerators and freezers. Food keeps in the freezer MUCH longer than in the refrigerator. If your power has been out for an extended amount of time, it's very likely that your food has spoiled, or will spoil. For safety's sake, it is highly advised to chuck out most of your food. If you remembered not to open up your freezer at all, and if you had a lot of frozen items, that food may be OK (ours was still frozen solid after 30 hrs). If you were out of town or away from your home during this power outage, keep in mind that your power may have been off for some time and it is possible that food in your refrigerator/freezer defrosted and spoiled, but has since re-frozen with the restoration of power. Such food may not be safe to eat. It is advisable to ask a neighbor how long (if at all) the power was out at your specific location. If in doubt, be safe: throw it out.

The following is information about [WWW]food safety after power outages from the American Red Cross. A summarized version appears at the end of the following [WWW]Davis Enterprise news article about the after effects of the storm.

You can also contact PG&E to get up to $25 [WWW]reimbursement if your power was out for longer than 48 hours.

Past Power Outages


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2009-10-14 18:20:09   I rather enjoy power outages, it's nice to be able to the see the stars in town —StevenDaubert

2009-10-15 15:17:13   It is rather hard to see the stars through the clouds though. I do however enjoy myself a power outage now and again. Lighting the house with candles and huddling under a blanket with only the videos I have saved on my laptop... It's nice to get back to the old timey days. —MasonMurray

2009-10-15 17:05:23   Back in the 1800's, before electricity became available, it was surprisingly common for people's houses to burn down, set on fire by the oil fueled backlights of the displays on their difference engines. Nothing could be heard except the call of the occasional insomniac cow and the videos on their 2 ton laptops. —IDoNotExist

2011-08-16 20:04:50   Anybody know anything about the current outage (complete with sirens)? Car v. pole? —JabberWokky Unknown but it's back, I heard the sirens as well... Daubert

2011-09-06 13:52:02   How widespread is the current outage? Been off since sometime after 12 on Arthur. PG&E site/number has minimal information. Yolo county website above is dead link. —MeggoWaffle

2014-02-10 22:32:54   Power outage right now in West Davis (Village Homes) off and on since noon today — and now it's out again! —Chamoudah *Noon Monday through 1AM Tuesday, then again 1PM Tuesday through 5 Tuesday...and back off at 6:45 Tuesday. I met power-outage sufferers at North Safeway buying ice for fridges.—JudithTruman

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