What To Do When The Lights Go Out: California Blackouts

What To Do When The Lights Go Out: California Blackouts

What do you do when the power goes out? This is a question that many people in California are asking themselves right now, as the state is experiencing frequent blackouts. These power outages are due to  everything from high demand to faulty equipment, and they seem to be getting worse with each passing day. 

This is the guide you want if you’re working on your emergency prep plan for California blackouts. 

What to do during blackouts? 

First, you'll want to have a home backup plan. This means having a home backup power source like a home backup generator, portable station, or solar generator kit. 

You should also have some non-perishable food and water on hand. And finally, make sure you know how to stay safe in the dark. Here are some tips:


  • Move anything that could be hazardous out of the way, like candles or matches.
  • Use flashlights instead of candles. If you must use candles, never leave them unattended.
  • Keep your fridge and freezer closed as much as possible to keep food from spoiling.
  • Unplug any electronics that could be damaged by a power surge when the power comes back on.
  • If you have medical equipment that needs power, make sure you have a backup plan for how to use it.


Following a blackout, there are a few things you should do:


  • Check your food and see what needs to be thrown out. 
  • Throw out anything that has been sitting in water. 
  • Restock your non-perishable food and water supplies. 
  • Inspect your home for any damage. 
  • Check on your neighbors, especially those who may need assistance.
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How to prepare for a power outage?

If you live in an area prone to power outages, it's essential to be prepared at all times. You can do a few things to make sure you and your family are safe and comfortable if the power goes out.

  • Invest in a Goal Zero home backup generator. This will ensure that you have power even if the grid goes down.

  • Stock up on essential supplies. This includes non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, and first aid supplies. Keep these items in an easily accessible place so that you can grab them quickly if the power goes out.

  • Familiarize yourself with your home's electrical system. Know where your breaker box is and how to turn off the power if necessary. This will help you avoid any potential hazards if the power does go out.

  • Have an emergency plan in place. This should include a designated meeting place for your family, as well as a list of contact numbers for important people like your doctor or utility companies. Knowing what to do ahead of time will help you stay calm and collected if the power does go out. 

  • Create a communications plan. This should include charging cell phones or laptops and backup batteries or charging stations.

  • Stay informed. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and listen to local news reports so that you know when a power outage is likely to occur. This way, you can be prepared and have a plan in place.

  • Get prepared for power outages with California's leading provider of emergency power solutions. 

    Planning ahead is the key to keeping your cool during a power outage. With Goal Zero's line of power solutions, you'll be able to keep your devices charged and stay connected even when the lights go out. Check out some of our reliable home backup power for future use.

    Goal Zero Yeti 1500X Portable Power Station 

    Our Goal Zero Yeti 1500X is an extensive power station that provides an impressive 1,516 Watt Hours of power, making it ideal for all of your home backup needs. It's powerful enough to backup home circuits but portable enough to take with you when you’re not worried about a potential blackout and focused on your camping trip instead. Plus, it features a variety of built-in ports and outlets to connect all your devices easily. 

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    Goal Zero's Tank Expansion Battery and Link Module allow you to add power to your Goal Zero Portable power station and power your medium to large appliances for days on end during a power outage. The Tank Expansion Battery increases the capacity of your Goal Zero Yeti (1000X or larger). At the same time, the Link Module allows you to connect multiple batteries together, so you can always have backup power when you need it most.

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    The included Nomad 100 Panel is a compact and foldable solar panel that makes it easy to capture sunlight on the go. Together, the Yeti 1000X and Nomad 100 Panel provide a comprehensive power solution for road trips, camping trips, and  emergency preparedness.

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    Keep your devices charged and ready to go with Goal Zero's travel-ready power bank. With up to 95 watt-hours of charging capacity, this battery can keep your phone, laptop, and other gadgets powered up while you're on the go. If you need a little extra juice, the included Nomad 20 Solar Panel can give your battery a quick boost. 

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    Why choose Goal Zero for emergency prep when the lights go out?

    It can be a frustrating experience when the power goes out, but it can be dangerous on occasion with severe weather and natural disasters at play. A home backup generator can help to keep your family safe and comfortable during a power outage. 

    Goal Zero solar generators are some of the most reliable on the market, and they offer a wide variety of features to meet your needs. Here are a few reasons to choose Goal Zero for your emergency preparedness:

    Reliability: Goal Zero generators are designed to start up quickly and reliably in any situation.

    Power Output: Goal Zero generators provide enough power to run essential appliances like refrigerators and medical devices during a power outage.

    Safe: Goal Zero generators are safe for indoor use, so you don't have to worry about fumes or fuel supply.

    Portable: Goal Zero generators are easy to move around, so you can take them with you in case of an evacuation.

    Goal Zero generators are an excellent option for keeping your family safe and comfortable when the power goes out. Choose Goal Zero for your emergency preparedness needs, and rest assured that you're prepared for whatever comes your way. Visit our website today to know more about our products.


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