PGE Public Safety Power Shutoff

PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff: Antioch will be Affected

Message from Antioch Police Department

PG&E has informed us that Contra Costa will be part of a large Public Safety Power Shut Off, initiated by PG&E, starting at 4 am on Wednesday, October 9th. They predict it will conclude at noon on Thursday, October 10th. PG&E estimates that 40,000 customers in Contra Costa will be affected by this shutdown.

Some things to remember if you are affected by the power outage:

🚦 Treat intersections where the power is out as 4-way stops 🛑

🚨 Do not call 9-1-1 unless you have an emergency.

💊 You will need a plan to keep medicines refrigerated or power-dependent medical devices working.

🔌 PG&E suggests you turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that may cause damage.

👵 🐕 Keep in mind elderly family members, younger children, and pets. 

Continue to monitor PG&E’s new weather forecasting web page at www.pge.com/weather, which is a dedicated page with weather forecasting information and a daily 7-day lookahead.

PG&E Will Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety to Nearly 800,000 Customers Across Northern and Central California

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.

PG&E expects to begin turning off power in some areas early Wednesday, just after midnight. The power will be turned off to communities in stages, depending on local timing of the severe wind conditions, beginning with counties in the northern part of the state.

“The safety of our customers and the communities we serve is our most important responsibility, which is why PG&E has decided to turn power off to customers during this widespread, severe wind event. We understand the effects this event will have on our customers and appreciate the public’s patience as we do what is necessary to keep our communities safe and reduce the risk of wildfire,” said Michael Lewis, PG&E’s senior vice president of Electric Operations.

Estimated time of restoration

Overall, based on the latest weather forecasts and models, PG&E anticipates that this weather event will last through midday Thursday, with peak winds forecasted from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning and reaching 40 to 55 mph, with isolated gusts up to 60 to 70 mph.

Before restoring power, PG&E must inspect its equipment for damage and make any necessary repairs. That process cannot begin until the severe weather event has subsided.

Given the prolonged period during which the wind event will unfold, and the large number of power line miles that will need to be inspected before restoration, customers are being asked to prepare for an extended outage.

PG&E will work with state and local agencies to provide updated restoration timelines following the conclusion of the severe weather event.

Public Safety Shutoff Event

 

Interactive Map provided by PG&E

 

For realtime updates from PG&E, click here

Date announced Date power shut off Anticipated power shutoff start time Restoration date (est.) Restoration time (est.)

10/07/19

10/09/19

Early Wednesday

To be announced

To be announced

County Cities Total customers impacted (est.) Medical Baseline customers impacted (est.) Total customers restored (est.)
Contra Costa San Ramon, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Pinole, Richmond, Kensington, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Berkeley, Canyon, San Pablo, Pittsburg, Rodeo, Concord, Albany, Antioch, Martinez 51,310 1,594

To be announced

Emergency Kit Suggestions 

(You know best what you will need)

Emergency Kit

  • Neighborhood map with local resources
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA Weather Radio
  • Portable generator 
  • CO2 detector 
  • Method for cooking food without electricity 
  • Surge protectors for appliances and devices 
  • Consider keeping cash on hand in case ATM and credit cards cannot be used 
  • Flashlight, extra batteries 
  • First aid kit 
  • Whistle to signal for help 
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, hand sanitizer 
  • Cell phone with backup powerpack 
  • Medicine, medical equipment 
  • Important documents 
  • 1 gallon per person per day of water 
  • A week of non-perishable food 
  • Pet supplies

Additional Resources

  1. Ready.gov
  2. CalOES.ca.gov
  3. Cchealth.org
  4. Fire.ca.gov
  5. Contra Costa County Public Safety & Emergency Information

How to Prepare

 

Preparing for a Power Outage Preparing for a Power Outage 

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