While our routines were interrupted and we missed our daily conveniences, we survived the outage just fine. And most importantly, there were no fire outbreaks in our area. My heart goes out to those communities dealing with horrific fires.
While some of our neighbors used gas-powered generators during the outage, we used solar energy. We weren't sure how well it would work, but we were so happy with our system that I want to recommend it to you all. These are affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Our basic system consisted of these two items:
Both items are portable and easily moved by one person. (This is the newer version of our battery.) We were able to keep devices charged and power lights. The battery held its charge beautifully in the evening with a bunch of stuff plugged into it and recharged quickly during daylight hours. We are looking into expanding our system with other Goal Zero products so that we are completely self-reliant and not affected by any future PSPS events.
One other product that came in very handy during the power outage was our Luci.
This solar-powered lantern is very lightweight, inflatable (and thus, collapsable) and gives off plenty of light for most tasks. It's very affordable compared to other lanterns, particularly when you factor in not having to pay for propane or battery replacement. This would make a great gift. You can't go wrong by being prepared.