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Plan now for potential outages as part of a PG&E public safety power shutoff
Posted on July 15, 2019 at 6:07 pm by Peter Ibrahim
As part of its
Community Wildfire Safety Program
, PG&E is implementing additional precautionary safety measures to help reduce the risk of wildfires. If extreme fire danger conditions threaten a portion of the electric system serving our community, or the transmission lines that serve it, PG&E may find it necessary to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety. This is known as a public safety power shutoff (PSPS).
PG&E's PSPS program now includes all electric lines that pass through high fire-threat areas – both distribution and transmission.
While customers in high fire-threat areas (based on the
CPUC High Fire-Threat District map
) are more likely to be affected, a public safety power outage could affect any of the more than 5 million customers who receive electric service from PG&E. This is because the energy system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.
Once transmission lines are shut down it may take between 2 to 7 days for power to be restored. All residents need to be prepared for this possibility. Being prepared for any emergency is always important and a public safety power shutoff is one more reason to be prepared. So let’s get prepared now!
How to prepare for a public safety power shutoff
Update your contact information with PG&E
. This will require you to have your PG&E account number handy
Create an emergency kit
Plan in advance to be without electricity
Sign up to be receive updates from the City of Menlo Park
Prepare for Power Down
Public Safety Power Shut Off Fact Sheet
PREPÁRESE PARA INTERRUPCIONES DEL SUMINISTRO ELÉCTRICO POR MOTIVOS DE SEGURIDAD PÚBLICA
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