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PGE offers tips to cope with power outages

With cooler temperatures and rainy weather coming to Oregon for the winter season, PGE is offering tips on being prepared for emergencies and power outages.

PGE officials say they work year-round to operate the grid safely and reliably, however, power outages can happen for reasons such as traffic accidents and storms. As winter settles in, it brings with it weather-related outages caused by strong wind, accumulating snow and ice, so it’s a good idea to be prepared. 

Here are PGE’s suggestions for homeowners:

• Prepare an outage kit that includes a flashlight or headlamps; battery powered or hand crank radio                                                        and alarm clock or watch; a car charger for your cell phone, laptops and/or tablets; a 72-hour supply of ready-to-eat food and water; extra blankets and bottled water for people and animals (if you rely on electricity to pump water).

• Be familiar with safe cooking, heating, and lighting practices. Information on safe generator use and other safety tips are available on 

• Protect home electronics by investing in surge protection equipment. See options at

• If you have an electric garage door opener, learn how to operate it manually.

For more winter-ready tips, visit

Residents should always assume that any downed line is live and extremely dangerous and should stay far back. Never touch a downed wire with your body or any object. Report any downed line immediately to PGE by calling 503-464-7777 or 800-544-1795.

PGE also offers several ways to get updates or report an outage:

Text updates: Call PGE’s Customer Service team at 503-228-6322 or 800-542-8818 to make sure PGE has your contact information so the utility can update you with outage information via text message (outage texts are currently available for residential and small business customers with fewer than six accounts).

Online: Go to to view PGE’s outage map.

App: Download the PGE app at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Links also are available at

Phone: Call 503-464-7777 or 800-544-1795 to report a power outage or a downed line through PGE’s automated system. Customers can also request a call back when power is restored.

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