Red Flag Warning and power outage ADVISORY for 10/26/2019 -10/28/2019

South San Francisco, CA   October 25, 2019 Submitted by SMC Alert

ADVISORY: PG&E will be disconnecting power to over 65,000 customers in San Mateo County starting Saturday, October 26 in early afternoon. Power is expected to be off for more than 48 hours. Plan ahead.

To see if you are affected by the public safety power safety shut off, visit:


As of this hour 12:40pm Friday October 25th, this map below shows the potential areas that will expect to have power off. For those who might be traveling, be aware of the possible outages and the impact they will create. Use this link to see updated maps CLICK HERE




Gas Stations – Fill up in advance, always keep your tank as full as you can

Devices- Be sure all devices are fully powered up, find alternative ways to continue to keep them powered

Refrigeration – Be sure all perishables have a way to remain frozen/ cold

Communications- Radio

Flashlights and batteries

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UPDATE From City of South San Francisco



**Another update will be sent at 3:00 p.m. today**
Please note PG&E expects to have a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in parts of South San Francisco – mostly the areas around Westborough, Avalon, Brentwood, West Winston Manor and Buri Buri. To find out if you may be affected, please visit CLICK HERE and enter your address. This will let you know if your home will be affected.
Note the impacted area may change based on changing weather conditions. It’s anticipated that approximately 65,000 residents in San Mateo County will experience an outage starting tomorrow, Saturday, October 26, 2019, sometime between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The outage is expected to last until Monday. Based on PG&E meteorologist forecasts as well as other local and national forecasts, the weather event this weekend will be the strongest wind event this year. PG&E forecasts sustained winds during this event from 45 mph to 60 mph, with gusts nearing 70 mph.
What South San Francisco is Doing:
  • The Fire Department has added an additional fire and ambulance crew, and the Police Department has increased staffing, in anticipation of a higher than normal call volume.
  • City staff have contacted care facilities, the Dialysis center, and Kaiser Hospital to keep them informed and prepared.
  • City Emergency Services personnel are working at our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to monitor the situation, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members are on standby to assist the public as needed.
  • The Public Works department has tested city generators to ensure continued operation of critical services such as the 911 Dispatch Center and the Water Quality Control Plant, and have staff on standby to respond if needed.
What You Should Do:
  • Get prepared and stay prepared. Visit the City website to learn how to prepare for a power outage
  • Stay vigilant, stay alert! Many of our residents may leave the area to avoid the power outage, leaving homes unoccupied. If you see something suspicious on your street or in your neighborhood call the Police Department right away.
  • Travel safely. Traffic and street lights may be out.
  • If you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1.
Potential Community Impacts
  • Street lights and traffic signals may be inoperative
  • Limited or no cell service
  • Fueling Stations and ATM’s inoperative
  • Security and emergency response alarms and systems inoperative
  • Phone systems minimal or not functioning
The City of South San Francisco will issue another community update at 3:00 p.m. today, and as needed afterwards to keep residents as up to date as possible.

All questions regarding the power outage should be directed to PG&E via their website and (866) 743-6589. 

UPDATE From City of South San Francisco

**As of 3:00 p.m. today, we do not have any new updates to report. The below stays the same. We will issue another update at 8:00 p.m. tonight**
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3 years ago

These new deliberate power outages are just wonderful. We don’t have to move to a backwards fourth- rate primitive country to enjoy being put into the dark ! PGE and CPUC are so thoughtfully bringing them to us right here in the once- golden State of California. Thank Heaven we live in the Hifh Tech Capitol of the Workd!? Smile smile smile.