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Power Companies Prepare For Potential Shutoffs

(Salem, OR) -- Large utilities in Oregon are ready to cut the power this summer if fire risk is severe. The Oregon Public Utility Commission has approved permanent rules for Portland General Electric, PacifiCorp, and Idaho Power. Temporary rules were implemented last year and they were finalized this year. Utilities say it's important to be ready, because when the power is turned off it can take several days to restart. Residents should have two weeks of supplies, people with medical equipment that requires power should contact their utility, have a back-up battery for your cell phone and register for emergency alerts.

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