The answer is no.
PG&E will not remiburse one damn dime.
There are people laughing at this situation or saying others are soooooo delicate
But some people in rural areas where these cut offs are happening don’t even have access to water because the pump houses are on electric.
If we didn’t have a hot tub I wouldn’t have been able to flush the toilet. I’m able bodied so I was able to carry water up and down the stairs. I should have filled the bath tub with water but I didn’t think it through.
I’m not complaining.
I just think it’s insane that a luxury item saved my ass. A luxury item not many people have.
I’m lucky my FemmeMountain Family lived somewhere that losses power in the winter before so they knew what to do and I just rolled with it.
But what if.
What if we didn’t have a generator
What if most of us weren’t able bodied
What if we didn’t have a community with means to tap into
What if we didn’t have enough money in the account to buy a tank of gas the day before or some food items that don’t need to be cold.
What if we were dependent on a local 9 to 5 to pay the bills
What if we were older with no immediate family in the area
What if a fire happened anyway and we couldn’t get down the stairs and our car out of the garage because we don’t have the ability to stand to pull the lever on the manual release.
I had a rager of a headache yesterday all day because I couldn’t get good sleep on my CPAP…and maybe the mushrooms, but mostly the CPAP!
I didn’t want to chance the generator going out in the night because I’ll suffocate before I wake up and it’s terrifying to have that happen.
I have the privilege of being able to get to the Berkeley flats
I have the privilege of being able to have my choice of places to stay due to a queer love fueled network
I don’t have a headache today.
My worry is so trival compared to so many still without power.
They can’t work
Their food has spoiled
They can’t breathe
Some are trapped in their homes
Some have no water
And PG&E as of last fucking night refused to comment on wether all the money that went to maintenance actually went to maintenance last year or this year.
In a press conference they said it wasn’t their concern. Blame the environment and not our shitty equipment that has been in neglect for years and years.
I’d rather not see another devastating fire and this will have devastating effects for people to. For the most vulnerable of us.
Meanwhile Sacramento is on it’s own grid like LOL y’all totes should have invested in local county run power companies. This could have been you ⚡💡⚡but y’all gave into the monopoly.
Even writing about an energy shut down as an extreme situation is hella 1st world because there are places that don’t even haaaaave access 24/7
We ain’t ready.
Here’s a community link if you need or can offer assistance.
*As of writing this I have one person in my network who has a family member in the ER as a direct result of electrical outrage + disability
several single mothers with children and no support having to purchase food
several disabled friends and family living in spaces they can’t get around in
several people having CPAP sleep overs