Warning issued about importance of keeping generators outside and far enough away from any occupied space that fumes are not drawn into a dwelling.

The following winter storm update was received from the Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services Friday evening, Jan. 22, 2010:
The Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services is working with local law enforcement offices, Cal Fire, Public Health, Human Services and the Red Cross to coordinate community services as power is being restored in South Siskiyou County. 
As power is restored, Pacific Power & Light is asking that residents be conservative with power in their homes in order to prevent overloads to the system. 
PP&L is requesting that customers without electricity should unplug appliances, television, stereos and other electrical equipment around their homes to reduce demand on the system as power is brought back on. This will also reduce damage to electrical equipment. 
The city of McCloud and surrounding area remain without power.
Generators should be located outside and far enough away from any occupied space that fumes are not drawn into a dwelling. In positioning a generator, be mindful of prevailing winds. Make sure generators are properly wired for your home or business.
Dangerous backfeed hazards are created for line crews if generators are wired directly to a home’s main fuse box or circuit panel. 
Call and report outage locations to Pacific Power at 1-877-LITES OUT (1-877-548-3748).
The Siskiyou County Emergency Operations Center is overseeing recovery efforts and will be ready to receive reports from residents regarding damages to personal property from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 530-841-4056 Friday and Saturday. 
More information will be available next week on the damage assessment process.   
Shelters have be operating in Mount Shasta at the Community Center, 629 Alder St. and at the McCloud First Baptist Church, 121 Water Street.
The Red Cross, Siskiyou Human Services and local volunteers are managing the shelters. Residents must bring their own bedding, food, medicine, and personal supplies, since there is limited availability at the shelters. 
Shelter updates may be obtained by calling 530-841-4049.