Update: PG&E cancels power shutoff plan for Alameda County

According to an Alameda County notice Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 19: “Due to changes in the weather forecast, PG&E has now announced that they no longer anticipate any public safety power shutoffs in Alameda County on Wednesday 11/20/19.”

From the City of Piedmont on Monday, Nov. 18:

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has announced that they may conduct a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) which could include portions of Piedmont beginning on Wednesday morning, Nov. 20. The City urges all residents to be prepared in case their power goes out. This means that electricity to all residences, businesses, schools, mobile phone towers, and public facilities in the affected area may be turned off.

To check whether your home might be affected by the PSPS, please visit the PG&E PSPS Address Look Up Tool. PG&E proactively turns off lines in the interest of safety to help reduce the likelihood of an ignition when extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted. PSPS can accompany fire weather,
so we encourage al residents to be prepared for wildfires and possible power outages.

To be ready for a Public Safety Power Shutoff event, please take the following steps.

  1. Make sure PG&E has your current contact information. Update your contact information with PG&E online or call (866) 743-6589.
  2. Check and update your emergency kit and supplies (include hard copies of critical information and life-saving prescriptions).
  3. Identify a place you can go to cool off, if necessary
  4. Have a back-up charging system for cell phones and keep devices fully charged at all times.
  5. Learn how to manually open your garage door.
  6. Keep cash on hand (credit/debit stations, and ATMs may be without power).
  7. Learn more about Public Safety Power Shutoffs in your area and work with your neighbors to make sure everyone is ready.
  8. Stay informed during disasters and sign up for alerts. PG&E will attempt to reach customers through calls, texts and emails using the contact information they have on file for your account. PG&E will also use their web site and social media channels, and we will keep local news and radio outlets informed and updated.
  9. Residents and businesses who are enrolled in East Bay Community Energy will be affected by these Public Safety Power Shutoffs.
    The City of Piedmont has plans in place to ensure that emergency services are maintained during a Public Safety Power Shutoff, but affected residents will need to be self-reliant for a period of time. For more information on how to be prepared for emergencies, please see the Public Safety Committee’s Get Ready, Piedmont brochure.

During a Public Safety Power Shutoff, please call 911 for emergencies only! We expect our emergency dispatchers to be busy answering phone calls, but they will not know when your power will be turned back on. The City of Piedmont has implemented plans to ensure that emergency services are maintained. As soon as we have information as to when power will be
restored, we will post the information on the City website and our social media sites.

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