PG&E Shut-Off Survival Guide
As a precautionary measure to reduce wildfire risk during the forecasted severe wind event, PG&E confirmed that it will implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in portions of 34 northern, central and coastal counties, affecting electric service for nearly 800,000 customers. Power outages could last up to 5 days.
The first wave of shut-offs began early Wednesday affecting more 513,000 customers in Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba.
The second phase of the Public Safety Power Shutoff was originally scheduled for noon have been delayed until 8pm on Wednesday evening to approximately 234,000 customers in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, including parts of big cities like Oakland and San Jose. Strong winds are expected to begin about 10pm. Power restoration for Alameda County will begin on 10/10 about 12pm. Info subject to change.
A third phase is being considered for the southernmost portions of PG&E’s service area, impacting approximately 42,000 customers. Specific locations are still to be determined.
Updated as of 1:47pm, 10/9/19
PG&E Shut-off Survival Guide
- See if you’re affected with SF Gate’s interactive map. (Use the PG&E map to check your specific address – if the site isn’t down)
- Sign up for PG&E alerts for your neighborhood or county
- Five major cell phone carriers said service should still work during PG&E power shut-offs. Make sure to have a back-up charging method.
- How to open a garage door without power
Great Resources for information
- SF Gate – news and updates
- CBS5 – Tips for how to prepare for and handle the power being out
- PG&E Twitter – The latest updates since their website is often experiencing outages as well
Community Resource Centers
To support customers in the affected areas, PG&E will open Community Resource Centers in several locations beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 8 a.m. The centers will remain open during daylight hours only. Restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 will be available at these facilities.
IMPORTANT – Check PG&E on twitter for updates. They are often changing locations
- Napa County – Napa – Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Parking Lot – 1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo CA 94589
- Napa County – Calistoga – Calistoga Fairgrounds – 1601 N. Oak Calistoga 94515
- Santa Clara County – San Jose – Avaya Stadium 1123 Coleman Avenue, San Jose 95110
- Contra Costa County – San Ramon – Bishop Ranch Parking Lot – 2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon 94583
- San Mateo County – Half Moon Bay – Pasta Moon Restaurant, 845 Main St Half Moon Bay 94019
- Solano County – Vacaville – Mission Church 6391 Leisure Town Road, Vacaville 95687
- Sonoma County – Santa Rosa, Sonoma – Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa 95404
- Alameda County – Oakland – Merritt College LOT B – Leona St., Oakland 94508
- Santa Cruz County – Aptos – Twin Lakes Church 2701 Cabrillo College Dr, Aptos 95003