We're posting to give a heads up to our Northern California sellers that, due to high winds, PG&E is planning large-scale shutoffs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area tomorrow (Wednesday, 10/9). In that same vein, we all know that power outages can happen anywhere, and it's always great to be prepared—no matter where you are. 😉
To see if your home or business is in one of PG&E's shutoff zones, head over to this resource: Bay Area Outage Map, and enter your address into the search section.
If you find yourself in one of the potential shutoff zones, now is a great time to review how Point of Sale features can keep your business up-and-running:
- Keep card payments flowing by enabling Offline Mode. Learn more here: Process Payments with Offline Mode.
- The Magstripe Reader, Contactless and Chip Reader, Square Stand, and Square Terminal can all last a business day without needing to be connected to a power source. Ensure you're getting the most out of your battery life by following these best practices: Charging and Battery Questions.
- Depending on your accessory setup, the cash drawer, printer, and bar code scanner may not work during a power outage. As a backup, you can still send Digital Receipts with Point of Sale. In addition, you may want to keep a drawer key handy with one of your employees in the event that they need to make change. If you need a replacement key, locate the key code on the lock of your cash drawer, then contact the manufacturer: APG or StarMicronics.
For more general information on preparing for emergencies, have a look at this post: Small Business Emergency & Natural Disaster Preparedness 🌪 ☔️ ❄️ 🔦
Know where to go—if you find yourself needing support during a PG&E outage, check out this list to find the resource center closest to you: Places to go during potential PG&E power shutoff.
Stay safe, and if any questions come up, please don't hesitate to let us know below. 🙏