Only 44% of community health centers in California have back-up generators

Almost half of the community health centers in California (44 percent) do not have a backup source of power — a significant risk given recent electricity blackouts in 34 of 58 counties, according to a survey conducted by Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization. 

The blackouts were planned by Pacific Gas & Electric to help prevent wildfires. The utility company plans to continue this practice as necessary, and others like Southern California Edison plan to follow suit, according to Direct Relief. 

The survey, conducted among 70 health facilities in California, found 97 percent of health centers have medications onsite that require refrigeration. However, Direct Relief notes many facilities with backup power said it is limited. Some said they would have to choose between refrigeration, running computer networks or powering air conditioning and lighting. 

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