Piedmont Fire Department is expecting significant winds to impact Northern California and Piedmont beginning Sunday night through Monday morning.
This combined with extremely low humidity will create an extreme wildfire risk for several days: a RED FLAG WARNING has been issued for the East Bay Hills beginning Sunday at 4PM. Should a spark land in the dry grass or brush, it will quickly ignite under these conditions.
Be prepared to evacuate in the event of a wildfire and have a Go Bag ready. Learn more at www.readyforwildfire.org/. Make sure you sign up and update your AC Alert account NOW!
Due to the predicted high winds, residents are also warned to be aware of falling trees, branches and debris in the roadways.
PG&E is also monitoring the weather and developing plans for a possible PSPS event. Details are not yet finalized but PG&E is stating more information will be available on their website tonight by 8PM: pgealerts.alerts.pge.com/updates/. Learn more about Public Safety Power Shutoffs below.
Due to the extreme weather and associated hazards, residents should also be prepared for planned and unplanned power interruption by preparing a Stay Box. Learn more at www.listoscalifornia.org/online-course/en/files/LIS_DRG_StayBox.pdf
Preparing for a potential shut-off (PSPS event)
To ready for a potential shut-off, the City recommends residents take the following steps:
- Make sure PG&E has your current contact information. Update your contact information with PG&E online at pge.com/mywildfirealerts or call (866) 743-6589.
- Check and update your emergency kit (HERE) and supplies (include hard copies of critical information and life-saving prescriptions).
- Identify a place you can go to cool off, if necessary
- Have a back-up charging system for cell phones and keep devices fully charged at all times.
- Learn how to manually open your garage door.
- Keep cash on hand (credit/debit stations, and ATMs may be without power).
- Learn more about Public Safety Power Shutoffs in your area (HERE) and work with your neighbors to make sure everyone is ready.
- Stay informed during disasters and sign up for alerts HERE.
Additionally, PG&E suggests that customers can better prepare for PSPS by:
- 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.
- Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at pge.com/wildfiresafety.