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Oct 09

City is closely monitoring the PG&E public safety power shutoff

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 6:26 pm by Clay Curtin

Out of an abundance of caution, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) announced a potential public safety power shutoff incident, which will affect areas of San Mateo County and the San Francisco Bay Area beginning at midnight, Wednesday, October 9. Current projections show that it is unlikely that this will affect Menlo Park customers; however, everyone should plan and be prepared for any power outage.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning due to gusty winds, high temperatures and dry conditions. If these conditions persist, and PG&E needs to turn off power, the outages could last for 4-5 days.

Menlo Park uses the countywide SMC Alert system to notify our residents during emergencies and large-scale incidents. Sign up to receive SMC Alert notifications at

In the event of an actual emergency, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency public safety issues, call 650-330-6300.

Take steps to prepare for power outages
  • Follow us on social media for updates 
  • Sign up for SMC Alert notifications 
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers
  • Plan for any medical needs such as medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power
  • Have a personal safety plan in place for every member of your household (including pets)
  • Build or restock your emergency supply kit with enough supplies to serve each member of your family for at least 72 hours, including food, water, flashlights, a radio, fresh batteries, first aid supplies
  • Fill your vehicle’s gas tank and keep cash on hand, as electronic transaction devices, fuel pumps and ATM machines will be without power Learn how to manually open your garage door
  • If you own a backup generator, ensure it is ready to safely operate
Learn more about PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shut-off program at

Find out more information on ways to prepare at

Updated shutoff areas map
Use the address lookup feature and affected areas map below to see if your Menlo Park property is near a public safety power shutoff affected area.
Note: This map and address search results are unofficial. For official results, visit the PG&E website (if available).