Hot, Gusty Temperatures Could Force PG&E Power Shutoff
As a safety precaution, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has issued advanced notification of a potential public safety power shutoff for the San Francisco Bay Area from Monday, September 23 through Wednesday, September 25, 2019 due to extreme weather conditions forecasted by the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect through at least Wednesday due to gusty winds and high temperatures and dry conditions. If these conditions persist, and PG&E needs to turn off power, the outages could last for several days. You may need to take several of the following steps to be prepared:
-Utilize an emergency supply kit with enough water, food, medicine, batteries and flashlights to last several days
-Have a backup generator for medical and other needs
-Have your vehicle gas tank filled and cash on hand (as electronic transaction devices and ATM machines will be without power)
While PG&E does not directly serve electricity to City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) customers, the City intakes electricity from PG&E’s transmission system, so outages may affect Palo Alto.
Palo Alto uses AlertSCC to communicate during unforeseen events or emergencies such as natural disasters, crime bulletins, power outages, and more. Sign up to receive Alert SCC notifications here: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/oes/alertscc/Pages/home.aspx
Read about PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shut-off program by clicking here.
In the event of an actual emergency, dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency public safety issues, call (650) 329-2413.
Last Updated: September 22, 2019