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Press Release

Preparations Continue for Potential Impacts of Expansion of PG&E PSPS Program

City of Tracy Preparedness Update

Posted: Jun 25, 2019

 Following the City of Tracy’s May 31, 2019 media release providing some initial information about the expansion of PG&E’s PSPS program, the City has continued to work closely with PG&E, the South San Joaquin County Fire Authority, San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services and other community stakeholders to prepare for the potential impacts of a PSPS to the Tracy Community.

 

The communities that have already experienced a PSPS this wildfire season were provided with very specific advance 24-48 hour notice from PG&E that included information about designated community resource centers with water, charging stations, air conditioning and PG&E customer care representatives available.  As planned, PG&E provided update notifications during the recent PSPS events and was able to restore power to most customers even sooner than the expected 24-

48 hours after extreme weather has passed. 

 

Upon initial assessment of current facilities and resources available, the City of Tracy is prepared to continue providing essential services such as water, wastewater and public safety services to the community in the event of a power outage of 48 hours affecting some or all of the city.  Additional information regarding the City’s plans will be provided at the City Council Meeting on July 16, 2019 at 7 PM, where PG&E and City leaders will be providing an informational presentation.

 

For more information:

  • Watch City Manager Jenny Haruyama’s June 18, 2019 PG&E Public Safety Preparedness Update to the Tracy City Council
  • Register to participate in PG&E’s Wildfire Safety Open House webinar planned for tomorrow, June 26, 2019 at 1 PM via their website.
  • Check PG&E’s open house schedule for upcoming open house opportunities.
  • Attend or watch the July 16, 2019 City Council PG&E informational presentation live online or via Comcast Channel 26 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.  The presentation will also be available for viewing online the day after the meeting.
  • Visit the new City of Tracy PSPS Preparedness website for the latest information and updates specific to the City of Tracy, along with links to various resources.
  • Visit pge.com for additional information on creating an emergency kit, checklist and to obtain outage information – searches can be done by address/area to see if there are any outages, the reason for the outages & when power is expected to be restored.
  • Review the Draft San Joaquin County Hazard Annex Electrical System De-Energization Plan, is a supporting annex to the San Joaquin Operational Area Emergency Operations Plan, which outlines procedures that guide a collaborative response by local governments, special districts, and allied agencies in the San Joaquin County Operational Area to the threat of or actual de-energization of electrical systems due to extreme fire danger conditions. 
  • PG&E customers dependent on life-support equipment and/or require special heating or cooling needs for certain medical conditions should sign up for PG&E’s Medical Baseline Program, which provides additional energy at the lowest price for customers and ensure the special medical needs of these customers are addressed during a PSPS.

 

To Receive Notifications:

  • PG&E customers should update their contact info with PG&E online or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours to receive alerts directly from PG&E through automated calls, texts and emails, when and where possible, prior to a PSPS
  • Follow @PGE4ME on Twitter
  • Sign up for text messages/emails to receive updates on specific PG&E outages
  • Text your zip code to 888777 to receive Nixle alerts from your local agencies

 

Staff will be participating in additional discussions with San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services regarding coordination and enhancement of emergency notifications/public alerting, coordinating plans for extended power outages and to finalize the San Joaquin County Hazard Annex Electrical System De-Energization Response Plan.  PSPS preparedness updates for the City of Tracy will be provided as plans develop and additional information is received.

 

CONTACTS

PG&E                                                                          Carissa Higginbotham, Public Information Officer

1-866-743-6589                                                           City of Tracy

wildfiresafety@pge.com                                              (209) 831-6102

pge.com/wildfiresafety                                                Carissa.higginbotham@cityoftracy.org

 

-COT-

 

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