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Prepare for a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff
Posted on July 13, 2020 at 10:23 pm by Clay Curtin
High temperatures, extreme dryness and record-high winds have created conditions in our state where any spark at the wrong time and place can lead to a major wildfire. If severe weather threatens a portion of the electric system, it may be necessary for PG&E to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff or PSPS.
Since the power grid is so interconnected, Menlo Park could experience an electricity shut-off even if there is not a high fire risk in our immediate area. PG&E says its goal is to provide customers with 48-hour notice of a planned shut-off and follow up that notice with updates. To sign up for alerts on upcoming power shut-offs in the area, make sure your contact information is updated with PG&E.
PG&E understands the importance of keeping the lights on during COVID-19, especially given the current stay at home orders. Their goal is shorten restoration times after high-risk weather clears, while ensuring public safety.
Some tips to prepare:
Update your PG&E account contact information
online or call 866-743-6589
Plan for any medical needs: talk with your doctor and plan for medications that need refrigeration or medical devices that require power
Keep a hard copy of emergency phone numbers and other important information readily available
Build or restock your emergency supply kit: include flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies, food, water and cash
Plan for alternate ways to charge devices
Plan for the needs of pets and livestock
Designate a family emergency meeting location and identify your evacuation routes. Roads may be blocked - know two ways out, and plan for two modes of travel (car, bike, walk). Tell someone out of the area which routes you plan to use.
Keep your car’s gas tank full
Practice manually opening your garage door
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