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
Community Resource Center will open today (Wednesday, October 9th) at 8:00am at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos. Residents will be to cool off in the air condition, charge their phones, and use restrooms. CRC's will be open du ring daylight hours only and a max of 100 people at a time.
Please go to www.pge.com/pspsupdates for a full list of Community Resource Centers in the impacted areas.
How customers can prepare
As part of PSPS preparedness efforts, PG&E is asking customers to:
• Update their 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 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 numbers.
• 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 pge.com/psps.
• Continue to monitor PG&E’s new weather forecasting web page at pge.com/weather which is a dedicated page with weather forecasting information and a daily 7-day PSPS lookahead.
• 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 www.safetyactioncenter.pge.com.