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Santa Clara County Not Part of Next Round of PG&E Power Shutoffs

Santa Clara County Not Part of Next Round of PG&E Power Shutoffs

PG&E announced this morning that Santa Clara County customers would not be part of the next round of power shutoffs that could occurr today through Thursday due to dangerous fire conditions.

PG&E customers in Palo Alto were not expected to be impacted, however it is always subject to change as conditions warrant. The best way to see if the power shutoff will affect you is by checking your address on the PG&E potential PSPS address-lookup map:  http://bit.ly/PGEaddress-lookup

The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) owns and operates the local electric distribution system in Palo Alto. However, the City intakes electricity from PG&E’s transmission system, so when there is a major event that impacts the electric grid in the Bay Area, Palo Alto could be impacted by a power outage. 

Here are steps you can take to prepare for PG&E power shutoffs:

  • 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
  •  Put a plan in place for an extended outage
  • Have your vehicle gas tank filled and cash on hand (as electronic transaction devices and ATM machines will be without power)

Read a recent blog post for ways to be prepared and stay informed as this issue develops further.  

Palo Alto uses AlertSCC to communicate during unforeseen events or emergencies such as natural disasters, crime bulletins, power outages, and more. You can sign up to receive the Alert SCC notifications here and follow our Emergency Preparedness page here.  

Read about PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shut-off program at pge.com/psps 

Last Updated: November 19, 2019