County residents should prepare for possibly days without power and potential wildfires

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Oregon City, ORE. – Sept. 8, 2022: High winds and the threat of wildfires can lead to power outages that could last multiple days starting as early as Friday morning. Power outages are expected due to utility agencies taking proactive steps to protect our community and by wind damage to power lines.

Expect days without power

Even if you are not affected by a planned public safety power shutoff, you still may experience a power outage that could last days. Depending on the severity of the storm, it is possible that people can be without power for days similar to what the community experience in the ice storm of 2021.

Portland General Electric began issuing notices to customers who could be affected by the public safety power shutoffs. You can find out if you are effected by visiting: www.PortlandGeneral.com/PSPS. For instructions on how to use this map visit: https://youtu.be/Yh3nMCoYHPI.

PGE tells Clackamas County that following a public safety power shutoff, power can be out for an additional few days following the wind storm to ensure that power lines are safe before restoring power. This means community members should plan for multiple days without power.

If you are outside of the PGE service area, please check with your utility provider about any proactive public safety power shutoff’s and information for when they plan to restore power.

Preparing for power outages and wildfires

Sign up for Public Alerts to receive emergency notifications about wildfires, including evacuation notices, public safety power shutoffs and other emergencies at www.clackamas.us/dm/publicalerts.

Take steps now to protect yourself, family, household members, pets, livestock and other animals.

Power outages: Gather supplies and put your emergency plans in place for a power outage to include safe food practices, generator use, medications and medical devices that need power now. For more tips visit: https://www.publicalerts.org/power-outage.

Wildfires: Prevent wildfires by following all burn bans and fire restrictions in your community. Review your emergency plans and prepare for potential evacuation notices. Signup to receive notices for evacuations. For more information visit: https://www.publicalerts.org/wildfire-2022.

Stay cool and safe

High winds and extreme heat is forecasted this weekend. Clackamas County and its partners will open several cooling centers through the weekend. Visit www.Clackamas.us/relief daily for places that are open to cool off.

It is likely wildfire smoke from fires burning elsewhere in the state can blow into our community. Wildfire smoke can create dangerous conditions for people, especially those with health conditions. For information on how to stay safe visit: www.PublicAlerts.org/wildfire-smoke.

Please stay up-to-date on conditions and check-on your neighbors and other vulnerable individuals.