Pacific Gas & Electric has launched a new online tool to help residents be ready in case of an emergency or natural disaster.

Go online to the “Safety Action Center” (at: www.safetyactioncenter.pge.com) and click on “Make Your Own Emergency Plan,” answer a few questions and “compile and organize the important information needed for a family’s personalized emergency plan. This includes important phone numbers, escape routes and a family meeting location if an evacuation is necessary. It also includes reminders to check smoke-detector batteries and when to practice your family emergency drills,” PG&E said in a news release. Then print the plan and share it with your family.

“Wildfire season in California had started,” said Laurie Giammona, PG&E chief customer officer and a senior vice president. “We want to help our customers and communities prepare for a wildfire, a safety power shutoff or a natural disaster. That’s why we have created the Safety Action Center. And we know that each customers’ situation is unique, which is why this new tool lets customers create a personal emergency plan that works for them and their families.”

The Safety Action Center includes videos, quizzes, step-by-step guides and tips to help keep families safe during wildfires, earthquakes, power outages and other emergency situations. Among them are:
• Ten tips to keep cool during a heat wave;
• A video on putting together an emergency kit;
• Tips on how to prepare for a power shutoff;
• Advice on creating defensible space around your house; and,
• How to help your community during the COVID-19 health crisis.