CURRENT PUBLIC SAFETY POWER SHUTOFF INFORMATION 10-8-2019
PG&E has announced a Public Safety Power Shutoff for many Northern California counties due to high fire danger. Prepare for PG&E to shut off electricity for up to six days starting as soon as late Tuesday night to select households in east Albany due to continued dry and windy weather conditions.
Many communication platforms may not function in areas without electricity. Those who choose to stay in their homes during the power shutoff should make plans for food and water for six days without electricity.
Even if your power isn't shut off at first, electricity may be turned off later on Wednesday, or you may experience an unplanned power outage due to the projected high wind weather event.
Sign up for PG&E's updates at www.pge.com/psps, where you can also look up whether your home or business is affected. Be patient given that the site is getting heavy traffic. You can also sign up for PGE's zip-code specific text message alerts by texting "ENROLL" to 97633. These zip code alerts will not be specific to your home or business. After the dry windy weather has passed and it is safe to do so, PG&E crews will inspect and restore full power.
What is A Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)?
For public safety, it may be necessary for PG&E to turn off electricity when gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk, are forecasted. This is called a “Public Safety Power Shutoff” or “PSPS.” While customers in high fire-threat areas are more likely to be affected, any of PG&E’s more than 5 million electric customers could have their power shut off. This is because the energy system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.
Outages could last for several days. Prepare for power outages by reviewing these tips.
Please refer to PG&E's website for live updates on the PSPS program and information about affected areas.