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PG&E: San Joaquin County NOT Expected to be Impacted by Potential PSPS Due to Severe Wind Event Forecasted this Wednesday and Thursday

San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services and City of Tracy Will Continue to Monitor the Situation

Posted: Oct 21, 2019
Location: Tracy, Calif.

 In a news release last night, PG&E announced they are considering proactively turning off power for safety and implementing a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) as a precautionary measure to reduce wildfire risk during the forecasted severe wind event Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  While San Joaquin County was initially included in the announcement as one of the counties where PG&E customers may be impacted, San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services and City of Tracy staff who participated in a PG&E briefing this morning were advised that the scope of the potential outages had since narrowed and San Joaquin County is no longer on the list of potentially affected counties at this time.

 

The City will continue to work closely with PG&E, the South San Joaquin County Fire AuthoritySan Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services and other community stakeholders to share updates regarding this and future PSPS events as they become available. 

 

How to stay informed and prepared:

  • 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.
  • 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 ensures the special medical needs of these customers are addressed during a PSPS.

  • Visit pge.com for additional information on creating an emergency kit, checklist, view weather awareness updates 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.
  • Sign up for text messages/emails to receive updates on specific PG&E outages.
  • Text “Enroll” to 97633 to receive PSPS Zip Code Alerts (for non-accountholders).
  • Follow @PGE4ME on Twitter.
  • Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.
  • Keep mobile devices and other electronics charged and gas tanks full.
  • Know how to manually open electric garage door openers and gates.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.
  • Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies, water, non-perishable food and cash.
  • Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so you know the temperature when power is restored.  Throw out the food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
  • Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at pge.com/wildfiresafety.
  • Learn more about wildfire risk and what to do before, during and after an emergency to keep your family safe at PG&E’s Safety Action Center.

 

IMAGE: PG&E 7 Day PSPS Potential

 

https://www.pge.com/pge_global/local/images/data/en-us/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/7DayPSPSPotential1021190729.png

 

CONTACTS

PG&E  

wildfiresafety@pge.com  

pge.com/wildfiresafety

1-866-743-6589

Carissa Higginbotham, Public Information Officer

City of Tracy

(209) 831-6102

Carissa.higginbotham@cityoftracy.org

                                                            

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