Public Safety Power Shutoff
Beginning in 2018, Pacific, Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has been implementing additional precautionary measures to help reduce the risk of wildfires and may need to turn off power during extreme weather or fire conditions.
A “public safety power shutoff” (PSPS) can occur depending on local fire danger conditions, such as a Red Flag Warning, high wind gusts, low humidity, and dry vegetation. In most cases, PG&E expects to be able to restore power within 24 to 48 hours after extreme weather has passed.
However, depending on weather conditions or if any repairs are needed, outages could last multiple days – so it’s important you and your family have an emergency plan in place. For the latest on PG&E’s wildfire safety efforts, including tips to help prepare for wildfire season, visit pge.com/wildfiresafety. For information to prepare for a Public Safety Power Shutoff, visit prepareforpowerdown.com.
Customers in high fire-threat areas are more likely to be affected, but any of PG&E’s electric customers, including residents who live in urban areas of Napa County, could have their power shut off if their community relies upon a line that passes through a high fire-threat area.
View the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Resources page for additional Q&A and available resources.
- Have a personal and family plan in place for every member of your household (including pets)
- Plan for any medical needs like medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power (Find out if your pharmacy is open by checking the Rx Open website)
- Create/Restock your emergency supply kit (Go Bag)
- Identify charging methods (such as your car) for cell phones, radios, lights...etc
- Learn how to manually open your garage door
- Fill up vehicles with fuel
- If you own a backup generator, ensure it safely ready to operate
- Learn about food safety in a power outage
- Plan to have cash on hand
- Visit the Power Outages web page for more information, tips and resources about food safety, health conditions and more during a power outage.
- PG&Ecustomers with medical needs can visit their Medical Baseline page to enroll in that assistance program for residential customers who depend on power for certain medical needs
- If you have access and functional needs, it is important to get familiar with available support and services that may provide additional assistance during PSPS events: Resources for accessibility, financial, language and aging needs (pge.com)
What to Expect
- Traffic signals could be affected so stay vigilant and use caution while on roadways
- Napa County 24 hour emergency services will not be interrupted
- Contact your school district for information regarding their status
- Waste/Recycle services are expected to not be interrupted
- Water services are expected to not be interrupted
please note: If your home/business uses a water well (dependent on an electric water pump), a power supply (generator) will be needed
- PG&E will automatically notify customers in advance of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). To ensure you receive your alerts, you should update your contact information: Call: 1-800-743-5002.or visit the PG&E website: Update your PG&E contact information (pge.com)
- If you are a not a PG&E account holder, you can now sign up for notifications when a PSPS is likely to impact your address: PGE Emergency Site - PSPS Address Alert
- Sign-up to receive communications from your local government agencies.
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