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Power Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Event on October 25th

Posted on October 25, 2020


UPDATE: All Town committee/board meetings (RESJ, Tree Committee, and Volunteer Board)  scheduled for Monday (10/26) have been canceled due to the Power Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event.  The meetings will need to be rescheduled.  Please check the Public Meetings page later in the week for the rescheduled meeting dates.

Please to go to https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/updates/  for more information on specific locations and the estimated time for your power to be restored. 

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PG&E is currently monitoring the weather and reports that approximately 3,400 customers in Fairfax, will be impacted by a Power Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event on October 25th .  PG&E indicates the PSPS will occur between 4:00pm and 8:00pm today (Sunday), with power restored late Monday evening or early Tuesday morning (midnight). For more information to see if your location is affected, please go to:  

https://pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/updates/

Charging stations will be available at Town Hall on Monday (10/26) morning. PG&E will open a Community Resource Center at 1327 Sir Francis Drake (formerly known as Drake High School).

All questions regarding PSPS events and extended outages should be directed to PG&E via their website and (800) 743-5002. Residents should only call 9-1-1 if experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency. 

Neighbors are encouraged to check on other neighbors– especially older adults, individuals with disabilities, or individuals dependent on powered medical equipment– to ensure they are aware of and prepared for a potential power outage. 

Emergency Management officials remind residents and visitors that it is important to have a plan to adjust daily routines to one without PG&E power. FEMA recommends the following steps: 

Stay informed 

  • Sign-up for PSPS Zip Code Alerts by texting ENROLL to 97633 or by calling 1-877-9000-PGE. 
  • Update contact information with PG&E at www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589. 
  • Sign up to receive safety information on Nixle.com by texting your ZIP code to 888-777. Sign up for AlertMarin notifications to receive information on immediate threats to personal safety or property, tailored to an address of your choosing. 
  • Watch for wireless emergency alerts if evacuations are ordered, intended to reach all cell phones in the area. 

Review plans 

  • Take inventory and ensure an appropriate supply of food, water, clothing, flashlights, flashlight batteries, and a battery powered or hand crank radio. 
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged. 
  • Have some cash available in case retail point-of-sale devices are unable to accept credit cards during an outage. 
  • Know how to manually open electric garage doors and gates. 
  • Talk to a medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Take stock of batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out. 
  • Ensure your refrigerator and freezer have a thermometer: during an outage, you should avoid eating and dispose of perishable food if the appliance thermometer reaches 40 degrees or higher for extended periods of time. 
    • Ensure your household is ready for a wildfire or evacuation event: o Identify several evacuation routes for your location in case roads are blocked. 
    • Keep vehicles fueled and ready in case of an evacuation. 
    • Make a list of what you’ll want to take with you if you leave your home quickly. Consider the Five P’s of Evacuation: People/Pets; Prescriptions; Papers; Personal Needs; Priceless Items. 

For more information, including what to do during a power outage, visit www.readymarin.org, www.ready.gov, or watch PG&E’s “Preparing for Public Safety Shutoffs” video. 

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