Preparing for blackouts in California

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Pacific Gas and Electric 500 kV AC power lines crossing California State Route 36 north of Table Mountain, cutting through the woodlands of the Sierra foothills east of Red Bluff, Tehama County, Northern California. Photo credit: Hydrogen Iodide/CC 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

SoCal Edison and PG&E cut off power to hundreds of thousands of customers this morning across California. It’ll take several years for the utilities to adopt more effective wildfire prevention strategies. How can customers prep for blackouts in the meantime?