Power Shutoff Impacts

A PG&E blackout can have a big impact especially on those with medical conditions.

Posted: Oct 23, 2019 6:50 PM
Updated: Oct 23, 2019 6:58 PM

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif- "I'm angry, I'm scared, I'm nervous about the whole thing," says Julie Barnes." I'm more angry at PG&E though, I'm really angry at them because they don't need to be doing this."

Julie Barnes Lives in Tehama County. She is worried about surviving another PG&E blackout.

"This is a matter of life and death," says Barnes. "It is because if I run out of oxygen, I'll die. I won't be able to do anything...I can't move, I can't do anything."

Barnes needs an oxygen tank to live. An oxygen tank powered by PG&E . She says the company is neglecting people like her with medical needs.

"I stayed on the phone with them an hour and a half yesterday," Barnes says. "We went round and round. All they can basically do is give me a heads up notification which I still haven't heard from them yet."

Barnes suffers from COPD, rheumatoid arthritis, conjestive heart disease and other health issues.

"I don't know what I'm going to do," Barnes says. "i've tried to get a generator. If I had a generator, I could get through this with no problem because I can plug in my generator that lasts all the time for the power and I don't have to worry about the tanks."

Barnes says an oxygen tank will only last her an hour and a half.

The oxygen machine she uses stays on as long as the power stays. 

"My anxiety and depression are really starting to get to me because I don't know what to do," Barnes says." I don't know where to get any help."

Action News Now followed up with Barnes and she says for now, she has ten oxygen tanks that will provide her with enough oxygen for the rest of the night, if the shutoff were to impact her area.

She says she does not get new tank delivers until tomorrow. 

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