CHICO –The nonprofit Independent Living Center for the North State region, Disability Action Center of Chico-Redding, has been awarded a Public Safety Power Shutoff grant from PG&E to aid residents who will be impacted by ongoing utilities disruptions.
Through the $60,000 grant, DAC now has the resources, including several portable lithium battery packs, to help consumers who have a medical condition, medical equipment or refrigerated medication that would be at risk without power. The packs can power a refrigerator for up to three days to keep vital medicine like insulin at proper temperatures. They can also be a power source for other medical devices like cpaps, oxygen, feeding pumps, ventilators, power chairs and dialysis machines, to name just a few.
The pilot program also provides funding for hotel rooms, gift cards for food and transportation.
A current PG&E bill and proof of medical condition/equipment needs are required to get help from DAC, conditions that are required under the grant.
All equipment will be distributed on a free loan basis and must be returned to DAC.
Local anchorman Mike Mangas of Ch. 7 interviewed program manager Wendy Longwell recently at the DAC Redding office regarding the grant.
Consumers are asked to call DAC at 530-893-8527 or 242-8550 for assistance when the next power shutoff is scheduled. The Chico office for DAC is located at 1161 East Ave. The Redding office is at 2876 Park Marina Drive