Western Area Power Administration, Pacific Gas and Electric and Trinity Public Utilities District are planning power outages in order to carry out maintenance of power lines in June.
Power will be out in Junction City, Helena and up to the top of Oregon Mountain area from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. again today, June 19, so that PG&E and PUD can replace poles. Power was scheduled to be out Tuesday, June 18.
Power will be out in Weaverville, Hayfork, Douglas City, Lewiston, Junction City, Helena and Buckhorn Mountain on Friday, June 28, from midnight to 3 a.m. so that WAPA can repair a power line damaged in the February storms.
The TPUD said it is mailing notices to all individuals who will be affected by these outages.
It is important for people in these areas to prepare for power outages.
► Have a plan in place for every member of your household (including pets).
► Check on your vulnerable neighbors.
► Plan for any medical needs like medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power, such as breathing machines, oxygen machines, power scooters/wheelchairs, or dialysis machines.
► If your residence is on a well system, make sure you draw water from your well before the power goes out.
► Make sure that you have a full tank of gas.
► Have a way to charge your cell phone.
► If you have a backup power source, make sure it is ready and safe to use.
► Turn off electrical appliances and equipment to prevent damage from power surges.
► Turn appliances and equipment back on when power is restored.
► Keep refrigerator or freezer doors closed. A freezer that is half full or full can keep foods frozen 24 to 48 hours. Foods should stay safe in an unopened refrigerator up to four hours. If an outage lasts longer than four hours, remove and pack meat, milk and other dairy products in a cooler with ice.
► Have a place to go during hot weather, such as a public place with air conditioning.
The following location is the designated Cooling Center for June 18-19:
► Weaverville Library, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, and 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 19.
Additional locations for cooling down on June 18-19 are the following:
► Golden Age Center, 201 Browns Ranch Road, Weaverville, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
► Human Response Network Youth Center (ages 10-17), 2 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 3 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 19.
For more information about preparing for power outages, go to https://prepareforpowerdown.com
For more information, call the county Office of Emergency Services at 623-1116.