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PG&E advises of another possible safety blackout

PG&E is monitoring a wind event later this week that could impact counties in Northern and Central California.

Posted: Oct 20, 2019 9:40 PM

California - Pacific Gas and Electric Company says due to forecasted extreme weather conditions and dry fuel, they are considering turning off the power, and implementing a Public Safety Power Shuttoff across several counties.

PG&E says they have activated their Emergency Operations Center at 6 p.m. on Sunday, this is to monitor a wind event for Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

PG&E says areas of counties that might be impacted include (but are not limited to): Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Joaquin, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Yolo and Yuba.

The utility company added if this possible blackout happens it is expected to be smaller in terms of scope and impact than the Oct. 9th -12th PSPS event. 

PG&E says they will be having their meteorologists study the weather forcast over the next few days. 

How Customers Can Prepare

As part of PSPS preparedness efforts, PG&E is asking customers to:

• Update your contact information HERE or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours. PG&E will use this information to alert customers through automated calls, texts, and emails, when possible, prior to, and during, a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

• Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.

• Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.

• Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.

• Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets. For information and tips including a safety plan checklist click HERE 

• Learn more about wildfire risk and what to do before, during and after an emergency to keep your family safe at PG&E’s Safety Action Center.

PG&E says, while customers in high fire-threat areas are more likely to be affected by a Public Safety Power Shutoff event, any of PG&E's more than 5 million electric customers could have their power shut off because the energy system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.

Generator Safety

Backup electric generators can be a part of any preparedness plan, but they can also pose unique safety hazards.

It’s important to understand how to safely operate your generator before an emergency occurs. This means doing regular safety checks and being sure you have enough fuel to last a few days. If you don’t understand how to use your generator, you risk damaging your property, endangering your life and endangering the lives of others.

Position your generator where its exhaust can vent safely to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal. Never run a portable generator in the garage or in the rain, and never store generator fuel in the house.

Additional tips on the safe use of generators can be found at PG&E’s Safety Action Center by clicking HERE

We will continue to have the latest updates.

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