Public Safety Power Shutoff
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) have announced that, during certain weather conditions, they will shut down transmission lines that go through areas identified by the CPUC as elevated and extreme fire danger. The transmission lines may also impact areas that are NOT in the fire danger areas.
Once transmission lines are shut down, PG&E must inspect every foot of their lines before turning the power back on. Estimates are that the power could be off between two and seven days.
Preparing for extended power outages is not new. We live in earthquake country. Any earthquake could cause an extended power outage. Public Safety Power Shutoffs is just one more reason to prepare a backup power plan TODAY.
Use the resources on this page to prepare your personal response plan.
When will a shutoff occur?
PG&E determines the shutoff in coordination with the National Weather Service to reduce the risk of PG&E lines staring a fire. Criteria is:
- Temperatures over 80 degrees
- Humidity less than 20% and poor overnight recovery from heat
- Winds over 25 mph
PG&E will send an email to all registered customers 48 hours before a planned shutoff and again 24 hours before shutoff. Shutoff involves turning off a transmission line. Transmission lines will shut down the area with a high fire danger and likely the surrounding communities. You may wish to consider following the company’s Twitter Opens a New Window. and Facebook Opens a New Window. pages.
48 Hours before a shutoff (in the weather changes, notification may be less than 48 hours).
- Provide a map of the impact area
- Make notifications to:
- Customers in the impacted areas
- Government and first responders
- Check on any Medical Baseline customers who does not acknowledge the notification
The Town will:
- Send out a Nixle message. Sign up online, or text your zip code to 888777.
- Post information to Social Media (Twitter, Facebook. and Instagram) and Nextdoor.com
Visit PG&E’s website to to check if your address will be impacted.
*** Please note that PG&E’s website may be inaccessible due to increased traffic from statewide event
- Assumptions and Vulnerabilities (PDF)
- PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff
- Prepare for Power Down (info about powering assistive devices)
- Emergency Power Planning for People Who Use Electricity and Battery Dependent Assistive Technology and Medical Devices (PDF)
- Personal Preparedness Activities (PDF)
- Fire/Wildfire and Home Safety
- Cooling Center Locations (Air conditioners will not work during the outage)
- Generator Safety