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University of California, Irvine Police Department
Monday October 7th, 2013 :: 08:52 a.m. PDT


Do 1 Thing for October: Power

In May we introduced the Do 1 Thing campaign to help simplify the planning process by focusing on just one action each month to help get you prepared. The October topic is Power!

Below is a list of things you can do to achieve your goal this month. Choose at least one, and complete it.

- Have flashlights ready in an easily accessible place and check batteries in flashlights and radios.
- Acquire and learn how to safely use a portable generator.
- Create a power outage plan – decide what you can do before, during and after a power outage to minimize the effect on your household.

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We count on electricity for heat, food, and medical needs. Many gas appliances even need electricity to run. A power outage is an emergency that often follows another emergency—like an earthquake, wildfire, tornado, or winter storm. That makes it even more important to be prepared in advance.

Power Outage Safety

- Discard food if the temperature in your refrigerator exceeds 40 degrees for more than 2 hours.
- Stay away from downed power lines and anything they are in contact with such as fences or buildings.
- Never drive over downed power lines; they may be energized.
- Never use charcoal or gas grills inside a structure. You may be overcome by carbon monoxide.
- If you must use candles, be sure to use them safely. Never leave candles burning unattended.

The entire Do 1 Thing campaign can be found here:

Additionally, the UC Irvine Police Department, Emergency Services Division, has a number of online resources to assist you with being prepared both at home and here on campus. For more information visit: and

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University of California, Irvine Police Department
410 East Peltason Drive
Irvine, CA 92697

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 949-824-5223

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