School Closures in South San Francisco: Power outage/ Red Flag Warning

South San Francisco, CA  October 27, 2019 Press Release

**As of 7:00 p.m, Sunday, October 27**

PG&E Power Restoration to start at 8:00 a.m. (weather dependent) in San Mateo County** 

**Preschool, and morning classes at Westborough are CANCELLED**

{UPDATE EDIT 8:00pm Please note – South San Francisco Unified School District is OPEN. Monte Verde after school program is OPEN. More Info: CLICK HERE** }

Based on the latest information from PG&E regarding the Public Safety Power Shutoff: the wind leading to the power outages is likely to conclude tomorrow morning, Monday, October 28. Once the wind event ends, PG&E will inspect their power lines and repair any damage found. Once any damage is repaired, the power lines will be re-energized once deemed safe by PG&E. At this time, we are told it could start as early as 8:00 a.m. or later in the afternoon, and that it could take PG&E crews up to three days to complete.
As we receive more information pertaining to South San Francisco, we will alert you.
PAST ALERT: Saturday, October 26, 7:30 a.m.:
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, click on the link below 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 today, Saturday, October 26, 2019, sometime between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 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 as needed 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. 

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