SMC Alert: Wind and possible power interruption advisory

South San Francisco, CA   October 7, 2019 SMC Alert

Due to significantly windy weather conditions and high fire risk, PG&E has announced a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) incident that is expected to affect up to 29 California counties, including San Mateo County.

Initial estimates for San Mateo County indicate impacts to customers:

  • Coast-North Moss Beach/El Granada; Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz border including Pescadero;
  • Foothills region mostly west of state route 280 including Portola Valley, Woodside and the surrounding unincorporated area

Per PG&E, should it be required the power shutoff is anticipated to begin sometime on Wednesday Oct.9 (a.m.) and continue through Thursday morning, possibly longer with residents potentially without power for up to five days.

The County of San Mateo will provide public updates via its social media platforms and SMC Alert. Individual cities impacted may also provide updates specific to that jurisdiction.

For more details on the specific PSPS announcement, see PG&E’s https://www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/newsdetails/index.page?title=20191007_pge_is_monitoring_a_severe_wind_event_later_this_week_that_could_impact_nearly_30_counties_across_northern_and_central_california

For a map of the potentially affected areas, see https://www.pge.com/pge_global/psps-maps/pspsmap_download/PSPS_10-09-19_C-03_BaseLine_PUBLIC_ImpactedAreaMap_San%20Mateo_1007_1716.pdf

See if your address may be impacted by a PSPS

For preparation and safety information, see PG&E’s PSPS website

To prepare for the PSPS, PG&E is asking customers to:

  • Update contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts 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.
  • Consider family members who are elderly, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at pge.com/wildfiresafety.

For more information on what to do during and after a Public Safety Power Shutoff, visit:  https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/outage-readiness.page

Sent by San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services

3 comments for “SMC Alert: Wind and possible power interruption advisory

  1. Ron Camplin
    October 9, 2019 at 3:03 am

    When will 96002 be affected by shut down?

  2. Editor
    October 9, 2019 at 4:51 am

    EDITOR:
    Hi Ron, this is an update from PGE that gives more info.
    Posted on October 8, 2019
    PG&E Will Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety to Nearly 800,000 Customers Across Northern and Central California

    Portions of 34 Counties Will be Impacted by Widespread, Severe Wind Event Beginning Wednesday

    New Counties Added Since Monday: Marin, Humboldt, Trinity and Kern

    As a precautionary measure to reduce wildfire risk during the forecasted severe wind event, PG&E confirmed that it will implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in portions of 34 northern, central and coastal counties, affecting electric service for nearly 800,000 customers.

    PG&E expects to begin turning off power in some areas early Wednesday, just after midnight. The power will be turned off to communities in stages, depending on local timing of the severe wind conditions, beginning with counties in the northern part of the state.

    “The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our most important responsibility, which is why PG&E has decided to turn power off to customers during this widespread, severe wind event. We understand the effects this event will have on our customers and appreciate the public’s patience as we do what is necessary to keep our communities safe and reduce the risk of wildfire,” said Michael Lewis, PG&E’s senior vice president of Electric Operations.

    Customer notifications and impact

    The company has been notifying potentially impacted customers and will continue to do so, via automated calls, texts and emails. However, customers not impacted by the PSPS may experience power outages due to PG&E equipment damaged during this major wind event; those customers will not be notified in advance.

    It is very possible that customers may be affected by a power shutoff even though they are not experiencing extreme weather conditions in their specific location. This is because the electric system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.

    Portions of Kern, Humboldt, Trinity and Marin counties have been added to the potential scope of this PSPS, in addition to the 30 counties identified Monday. Customers can find the full list of impacted counties, cities and communities at http://www.pge.com/pspsupdates.

    Estimated time of restoration

    Overall, based on the latest weather forecasts and models, PG&E anticipates that this weather event will last through midday Thursday, with peak winds forecasted from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning and reaching 40 to 55 mph, with isolated gusts up to 60 to 70 mph.

    Before restoring power, PG&E must inspect its equipment for damage and make any necessary repairs. That process cannot begin until the severe weather event has subsided.

    Given the prolonged period during which the wind event will unfold, and the large number of power line miles that will need to be inspected before restoration, customers are being asked to prepare for an extended outage.

    PG&E will work with state and local agencies to provide updated restoration timelines following the conclusion of the severe weather event.

    Community Resource Centers

    To support customers in the affected areas, PG&E will open Community Resource Centers in several locations beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 8 a.m. The centers will remain open during daylight hours only. Restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 will be available at these facilities.

    Centers will be opened at the locations below:
    County City Location
    Butte Oroville Bird Street School, 1421 Bird St, Oroville 95965
    Butte Magalia 14144 Lakeridge Court, Magalia 95954
    El Dorado Placerville El Dorado Fairgrounds 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville 95667
    Lake Clear Lake Clearlake Senior Center 3245 Bowers Avenue, Clearlake 95422
    Napa Napa 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo 94589
    Napa Calistoga Calistoga Fairgrounds – 1601 N. Oak Calistoga 94515
    Santa Clara San Jose Avaya Stadium 1123 Coleman Avenue, San Jose 95110
    Nevada Grass Valley Sierra College Grass Valley 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley 95945
    Contra Costa San Ramon Bishop Ranch Parking Lot – 2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon 94583
    Calaveras Arnold Meadowmont Shopping Center – 2182 HWY 4, Arnold 95223
    San Mateo Half Moon Bay Pasta Moon Restaurant, 845 Main St Half Moon Bay 94019
    Placer Auburn Gold Country Fairgrounds 1273 High Street Auburn 95603
    Shasta, Tehama Redding, Cottonwood, Red Bluff Shasta College, 11555 Old Oregon Trail Redding 96003
    Solano Vacaville Mission Church 6391 Leisure Town Road, Vacaville 95687
    Sonoma Santa Rosa, Sonoma Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa 95404
    Alameda Oakland Merritt College LOT B – Leona St., Oakland 94508
    Tuolumne Sonora Mother Lode Fairgrounds 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora 95370
    Santa Cruz Aptos Twin Lakes Church 2701 Cabrillo College Dr, Aptos 95003
    Amador Pioneer Mace Meadows Golf Course, 26570 Fairway Drive Pioneer 95666
    Mendocino Ukiah 1775 N. State Street, Ukiah 95482
    Yolo Winters Next to PG&E Gas Academy – Intersection of E. Grant Avenue & Timber Crest Road, Winters 95694
    Colusa, Glenn Williams, Orland 839 Newville Road, Orland 95963
    Mariposa Coulterville Coulterville Fire Dept – 10293 Ferry Road, Coulterville 95311
    Sierra Sierra City Loganville Campground parking lot – HWY 49, Sierra City 96125
    Stanislaus Westley Westley Hotel – 8615 CA-33, Westley 95387
    Plumas La Porte 2140 Main St. La Porte 95981
    El Dorado El Dorado Hills Rolling Hills Christian Church 800 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills 95762
    Yuba Oregon House 9185 Marysville Road, Oregon House 95962

    How customers can prepare

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

    Update their contact information at http://www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts 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 PSPS.
    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
    Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
    Keep in mind elderly family members, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at http://www.pge.com/psps.
    Continue to monitor PG&E’s new weather forecasting web page at http://www.pge.com/weather, which is a dedicated page with weather forecasting information and a daily 7-day PSPS lookahead.

    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 at safetyactioncenter.pge.com.

    Email Currents at Currents@pge.com.

  3. Editor
    October 9, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Following the latest update provided by PG&E, the Public Safety Power Shutdown is now anticipated to occur at 8:00 PM on Wednesday the 9th of October. The estimated duration remains through Noon on Thursday the 10th.

    For the latest electrical power information go to: http://www.pgecurrents.com
    For the latest traffic information go to: http://www.511.org

    This update Sent by San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services

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