Prepare for a blackout
What do I do if there’s a blackout?
Due to recent and ongoing PG&E blackouts across the state, we have compiled some useful resources for restaurants.
While you may get prior notice of a pending blackout, it’s good to be prepared in case of a natural disaster, which could block normal utilities for a longer period.
- Follow local news stations and PG&E on Twitter (@PGE4Me) and Facebook (@pacificgasandelectric) for real-time updates.
- Consider using a back-up generator or working with an unaffected restaurant to store your refrigerated ingredients.
- Print out your upcoming reservations and a staff list so that you can contact people in case of loss of power.
- Order as few perishables as possible before a scheduled blackout period to reduce loss.
- Add a disclaimer to your website about your plan of action for reservations during unforeseen events.
Tips for when the power goes out during business hours:
- Power outage and fire recovery resources State of CA
- Gov. Newsom launches resource website for Californians impacted by wildfires and power shutoffs. State of CA
- Guidelines for food safety during power outages. CA Department of Public Health
- Printable charts on food safety guidelines after power outages U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
- Planning for a power outage at a food establishment. WA State Department of Health
- 5 steps on preparing for a power outage. Restaurant Business online
- Are you ready for a power outage? Restaurant Business online
- Preparing your facility for potential power outages PG&E
- Public Safety Power Shutoff event information PG&E [Note: This page may be unavailable during actual blackouts due to increased traffic.]