Whether it was a lithium battery powering crucial medical devices for up to three days, hotel stays or $50 daily food vouchers, Disability Action Center was a vital resource for north state residents affected by the PG&E power shutoffs.
The center used a $60,000 grant from PG&E to provide an
array of services that were required the last week of October as the giant
utility company shut off power to consumers for fire prevention reasons.
Up to 15 batteries were distributed to DAC consumers in
Redding and Chico.
Hotel stays, which included daily food vouchers, totaled 30
“It was a very successful program,” said center program
manager Wendy Longwell.
More power shutoffs are planned by PG&E to counter the
threat from statewide wildfires and DAC will be prepared with even more
batteries that have been provided by the utility, Longwell said.
Some outstanding batteries still need to be returned to either
the Redding or Chico DAC offices.
If you are having difficulty returning a battery that was
loaned to you by DAC, call 242-8550 or 893-8527 to arrange a pickup.