Why would power be shut off in a community not experiencing strong winds?

Predictions of strong winds are one of several criteria that PG&E considers when deciding to initiate a Public Safety Power Shutoff, along with other factors like predictions of very low humidity levels combined with critically dry vegetation and on-the-ground observations.

Although you may not live or work in a high fire-threat area, or an area experiencing high winds, your power may be shut off if your community relies upon a line that runs through an area experiencing gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk.

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1. How will PG&E determine the need to turn off power for safety?
2. Which customers are most likely to have their power turned off?
3. How often will these public safety power shutoffs occur?
4. Why would power be shut off in a community not experiencing strong winds?
5. I am a medical baseline customer and/or I have special medical needs. Will my power be shut off?
6. How and when will I be notified if a shutoff becomes necessary?
7. Do I have to opt in to these alerts?
8. Can I opt out of these alerts?
9. During what hours of the day will these alerts be sent?
10. Why are there so many alerts being sent?
11. How long will my power be out if PG&E calls a public safety power shutoff?
12. When will my power be restored?
13. Will I be compensated for food spoilage or other losses?
14. What do I need in my emergency preparedness plan?
15. Do I need to sign up to get public safety power shutoff alerts?