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.
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
The lithium battery packs can last all weekend to power low energy medical equipment like ventilators, Cpaps, dialysis machines and IV pumps (Dan Murphy photos).
DAC program manager Wendy Longwell, right, talks with Ch. 7’s Mike Mangas about the center’s new grant for battery packs and lodging assistance in response to the power shutoffs.