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Pacific Power supports northern California rebuilding efforts following the historic Labor Day storm - 10/14/20

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Pacific Power supports northern California rebuilding efforts following the historic Labor Day storm

Funding and volunteer support are underway to support communities in need

 

YREKA, Calif., (October 14, 2020) — With the more than 800 Happy Camp area customers impacted by the historic Labor Day wind storm now fully restored, Pacific Power is committed to working shoulder to shoulder with community members to rebuild and help those with the greatest needs in the coming months.

 

“We know it’s going to be a long journey ahead to repair and rebuild and we are here for our communities,” said Todd Andres, regional business manager for northern California. “There’s a lot to learn moving forward as we fully understand the impact of one of the biggest wind storms we’ve seen in our 110-year history. Our focus right now is to provide immediate support around basic needs and necessities, and we are committed to additional funding for frontline organizations serving those who are most impacted.”

 

In the past few weeks, Pacific Power has contributed $120,000 to regional efforts and local funds across Oregon and Northern California. In the Siskiyou and Shasta County areas, dollars have been put to good use to support Siskiyou Food Bank and Hope for Happy Camp, as well as Siskiyou United Way to help with basic needs, gas cards, and cash support for those who were evacuated from their homes. Funds were also given to support the local wildfire relief fund created by the Klamath Tribe.

 

In addition to these immediate actions, PacifiCorp Foundation, a nonprofit arm for Pacific Power, is prioritizing over $2 million to organizations across the six states it serves, dedicated to helping communities with the greatest needs this year. A new round of funding will be announced in the coming weeks. Organizations can also apply for funding to help the most at-risk members of our communities with masks, shields, food or other essential needs. The deadline for the next round of funding will close on December 15; applications are available here.

 

“Protecting the communities we serve while providing safe, reliable power is our highest priority,” adds Andres. “This has never been truer than during the historic Labor Day wind storm our communities recently experienced. We will be here in the coming weeks and months as we continue to support our customers and continue investing in efforts that help our communities rebuild stronger.”

 

Pacific Power is planning for continued collaboration around Northern California’s system-wide response following the recent storm. Two years ago, Pacific Power developed a comprehensive, multi-aspect, multi-state wildfire mitigation plan that invests several million dollars in hardening its system in fire high consequence areas and leveraging technology, such as weather monitoring stations, to improve situational awareness and operational capabilities. For more information about Wildfire Mitigation Planning efforts, visit www.PacificPower.net/wildfiresafety.

Customer care agents are available to help customers impacted by the storm. They can be reached at 1-888-221-7070 any time of day.

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