Public Safety Power Shutoff Possible October 9th
Posted on 10/07/2019

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has announced that they may conduct a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) which could include Piedmont as early as Wednesday, October 9, 2019 and could last for several days. Should this occur, it means that electricity to all residences, businesses, schools, mobile phone towers, and public facilities in the affected area may be turned off. This Public Safety Power Shutoff event may affect PG&E Customers in 29 counties.

The City of Piedmont will provide additional information when it becomes available.

PG&E proactively turns off electrical lines in the interest of safety to help reduce the likelihood of an ignition when extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted.

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. 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 to report any emergencies which occur. The City of Piedmont has implemented plans to ensure that emergency services are maintained during a Public Safety Power Shutoff. Please hold non-emergency calls until after the after the PSPS event has concluded.