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US Power Outages Endanger People with Disabilities

Expand A car drives through a darkened Montclair Village as Pacific Gas & Electric power shutdowns continue in Oakland, California, October 10, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Noah Berger The risk of wildfire in the US state of California led utility provider Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to institute temporary power outages around the state earlier this month. But the decision jeopardized the health and safety of many people with disabilities, older people, and people with serious health conditions who rely on equipment powered by electricity, such as motorized wheelchairs, elevators,…

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