PG&E blackout: Medical Resource Center

Call the Disability Action Center for assistance when the next power shutoff is scheduled.

Posted: Oct 29, 2019 8:32 AM

REDDING, Calif. - "So we'll have a total of 25 on hand at all time, but they go out quickly as we found out this time."

With more PG&E blackouts on the way, a resource center in Redding is helping people with disabilities. Wendy Longwell, manager of the Disability Action Center discussed how.

"These battery packs are free usage anytime these events happen and or a hotel," Longwell said. "No expense out of their pockets except to get the hotel or come here to pick up the battery."

The Disability Action Center in Redding said it's giving away free battery packs to people to charge their medical equipment.

"So they're safe to have beside your bed to have your medical equipment plugged into it," Longwell said. "They are designed for medical equipment, not household appliances."

Longwell said that since the blackouts, people with medical conditions have been pouring in and asking to rent one of these battery packs.

She said the battery packs are not for people to keep.

"They are to keep them for the power shutoff event and then they are to return them and we'll recharge them and have them ready for the next event."

With only 25 battery packs in-store, the center says it also offers to put people in a hotel and give them food vouchers throughout their stay.

"We also have money to pay hotels for people that are on medical equipment, so if the battery packs are gone, they also have that option," Longwell said.

In order to have access to these resources, you will need to present a PG&E bill and proof of a medical condition.

"So we're no being picky on the documentation," Longwell said. "As long as we have something that shows they have the equipment."

The center also has an office in Chico.

Location and contact information for both offices are listed below:

Call the Disability Action Center for assistance when the next power shutoff is scheduled: 

Chico Office: 1161 East Ave. 530-893-8527

Redding Office: 2876 Park Marina Dr. 530-242-8550

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