PG&E’s public safety power shutoff is coming sooner than we would like. We put together this guide of resources and checklists to help make sure you are prepared for power outages lasting up to five days.
Take note of the resources below when it comes to a public safety power shut off here in Mendocino County. For starters, make sure you stay updated at PGE’s PSPS site where you can check if your address will be affected.
To see if your home will be affected, check this link from PG&E where you can search your address >>> https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/psps-service-impact-map.page
The following information below here comes directly from PG&E
STEPS TO TAKE BEFORE AN OUTAGE
- Confirm or update your contact information with PG&E. We’ll send notifications to the contacts we have on file in advance of a shutoff, when possible.
- Create a safety plan for all members of your family, including pets. A Public Safety Power Shutoff can happen at any time of day or night, due to changing weather conditions.
- Prepare an emergency supply kit. Include enough water and nonperishable food to last your household one week. Be sure to refresh your kit once a year.
- Determine if your landline will work during an outage. Keep a mobile phone as backup.
- Keep mobile phones and other devices charged.
- If you have a generator, make sure it’s ready to operate safely.
- Have flashlights available for your household. Avoid using candles.
- Have a battery-powered or crank radio.
- Stock up on the right batteries for items you rely on. Include two extra sets in various sizes.
- Keep cash on hand and a full tank of gas. ATMs and gas stations may not be available during an outage.
- Learn how to manually open your garage or any other door that operates with electricity.
- Talk with your building manager if you live or work in a building that has elevators or electronic key card access to understand how they will deal with a possible multi-day outage.
STEPS TO TAKE DURING AN OUTAGE
- Unplug or turn off appliances, equipment and electronics to avoid damage caused by surges when the power is restored.
- Leave a single lamp on to alert you when the power returns. Then, turn your appliances on, one at a time.
- Typically, your refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours and a full freezer will keep its temperature for about 48 hours–as long as the freezer and refrigerator doors are kept closed. Consider using coolers with ice to keep food cold and safe.
- Be sure to use generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills outdoors only. Do not use a gas stove for heat.
- Check on your neighbors.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF I’M BEING AFFECTED BY THE POWER SHUTOFF?
The most likely electric lines to be considered for a public safety power outage will be those that pass through areas that have been designated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) High Fire-Threat District mapOpens in new Window. as at elevated (Tier 2) or extreme risk (Tier 3) for wildfire. Customers outside of these areas could have their power shut off, though, if their community relies upon a line that passes through a high fire-threat area. We want all of our customers to be prepared for possible public safety power outages. Please use these tips and tools:
- Check the PSPS event page. We will post updates regularly about a particular PSPS event. Visit the PSPS event page.
- Use our PSPS planning tools. When PG&E announces that a PSPS may or will occur, you can find out in advance if your address will be affected by visiting our Potential PSPS outage map.
- Update your contact information.When possible, we send alerts to PG&E customers in advance of and during a PSPS. Learn more below under “How and when will I be notified if a shutoff becomes necessary?” Update your contact information now.
- Contact your landlord or property manager. If your landlord or property manager is the PG&E account holder for your address, they will receive notifications on your behalf. We encourage you to contact them to confirm they know how to reach you. Or, sign up to receive PSPS ZIP Code Alerts for non-account holders directly from PG&E.
Take a look at the emergency supply checklist below. You can download a copy here (right click, save as)
Food safety is another issue during a public safety power shutoff. Please follow the guide below to make sure you don’t keep spoiled food around following a PSPS situation.