Preparing for Power Outages
- Have battery-operated flashlights and radios with fresh batteries ready. Listen for updates on storm conditions and power outages.
- If you have a telephone system that requires electricity to work (such as a cordless phone or answering machine), plan for alternate communication - have a standard telephone handset, cellular telephone or pager ready as a back-up.
- Freeze plastic containers filled with water to make blocks of ice that can be placed in your refrigerator/freezer during an outage to prevent foods from spoiling.
The 2011-12 precipitation season ended June 30 with the Lake Almanor Basin having received a somewhat less than average amount of water. The accumulated total precipitation for the year was 25.98 inches at the Prattville monitoring site. This comes to about 78 percent of average for the year.
A quick comparison of annual total precipitation percentages for the past five years shows the following:
—The 2011-12 season was 78 percent of average and nearly half of the 2010-11 season that reached the high of 140 percent of average.
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