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Where do we go and what should we do when the power goes off?

Where do you buy groceries? Fill up your tank with gas? Renew your prescription?

Now where do you go to do those things when the power goes out? Are those same businesses going to be open?

Those are the questions that Feather Publishing is working to answer. So far we have gathered a fairly comprehensive list of which entities can continue to operate during a prolonged power outage. From Eastern Plumas to the West Shore of Lake Almanor, our reporters have been contacting businesses that provide vital services to their communities. We are asking for the public’s help in making this list as inclusive as possible.

If you are a business owner and haven’t been contacted by a representative of this newspaper and you have the ability to function in the event of a prolonged outage, we want to hear from you so that you can be added to the list.

PG&E, through its public safety power shutoff program, will turn off the power when it deems necessary to mitigate the threat of wildfire. These outages could be days long and are going to be different than the weather-related outages we are used to experiencing in winter.

The Plumas County Office of Emergency Services is putting together a booklet to help various agencies address the outages as they occur, including establishing charging and possibly cooling stations in affected communities.

School facelifts are a welcome sight

The majority of the Plumas Unified School District campuses have received a fresh coat of paint this summer just in time for the beginning of the new school year that gets underway Wednesday, Aug. 21. The fresh paint is perhaps some of the most visible work completed with Measure B funds. The Quincy High School campus is located along the main thoroughfare through town and makes for an impressive sight. To those who selected the color scheme and completed the project — congratulations on a job well done. We hope all communities are enjoying their schools’ respective facelifts.

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