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Posted on: August 5, 2019

Pacific Gas and Electric Public Safety Power Shutoff

As part of PG&E’s efforts to reduce wildfire risk, PG&E is expected to turn off power on days with a high risk of wildfire.  Some of the conditions that PG&E will consider prior to a power shutoff include:  low humidity, sustained winds, dry vegetation, and Red Flag Warning days.  Based on those conditions and the fact that a portion of our city resides near a Very High Fire Hazard Area (VHFHA), there is a likelihood that the city and surrounding areas may experience one or more power shutoffs in the coming months.  PG&E has informed customers that power outages due to PSPS events could last between two and five days.  Like the other natural hazards we face as Californians, City residents, merchants, and visitors should be prepared in light of this new PG&E program and the risk of wildfire in our area.

How you can prepare for a potential multi-day power outage and stay safe:

  1. PG&E will aim to notify customers 48 hours in advance of a shutoff via phone call, text, or email. Update your contact information for notifications here: https://www.pge.com/wildfirealerts
  2. Prepare and practice an emergency plan that accounts for all family members and pets.  The following websites have useful information for both wildfire and power outage preparedness:  www.sccfd.org/rsg    https://www.ready.gov/power-outages
  3. Prepare an emergency kit that will last at least 5 days. https://www.pge.com/includes/docs/pdfs/safety/preparedness/kit/Be-Prepared-Emergency-Checklist.pdf   https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Power_Outage/PowerOutage.pdf
  4. Signup for AlertSCC and CodeRed to ensure you receive local emergency communications.  https://www.ci.campbell.ca.us/265/Emergency-Preparedness
  5. PG&E has indicated that they will make every effort to notify registered Medical Baseline customers that depend on electricity for a medical condition in the event of a PSPS.  PG&E encourages Medical Baseline customers to register for notifications. www.pge.com/wildfirealerts

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