NOVEMBER 19, 2019 – 8:00 AM
Public Safety Power Shutoff Update for Marin County
PG&E notified the Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) about a planned Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) that potentially will affect 23,345 metered locations in Marin County.
The shutoff is projected to start at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 20. PG&E expects to receive the all clear and start line inspections by 8 a.m. Thursday, November 21. PG&E reminds residents that it could take 24-48 hours from the start of inspections for everyone to have power restored.
While Marin is projected to be affected by the outage, the neighborhoods that will lose power are still unknown as of Monday, November 18. It is subject to change and is a fluid and developing situation.
Marin remains threatened by future shutoffs as long as critical wildfire conditions exist. Factors that could prompt a PSPS include a National Weather Service Red Flag Warning, low humidity levels, dry vegetation conditions, forecasts of sustained winds of 25 mph or gusts above 45 mph, and real-time observations of conditions from field crews.
CALLING FOR HELP
- Most questions regarding PSPS events and extended outages are answered on www.pge.com. Non-emergency calls can be directed to PG&E at 866-743-6589.
- Call 2-1-1 to find resources on non-emergency information such as community resource center locations, power shutoff area updates, and other social services.
- Only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency.
- Sign up to receive safety information on Nixle by texting your ZIP code to 888-777.
- Sign up for Alert Marin notifications to receive information on immediate threats to personal safety or property, tailored to an address of your choosing.
- Sign-up for PSPS Zip Code Alerts by texting ENROLL to 97633 or by calling 1-877-9000-PGE.
- Update contact information with PG&E at www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589.
PREPARE NOW & REVIEW YOUR PLAN
- The Public Safety Power Shutoff is put in place because of dangerous wildfire conditions. Your outage preparations should also include wildfire evacuation preparations.
- Keep vehicles fueled and ready in case of wind-fueled wildfire and an evacuation.
- Identify several evacuation routes for your location in case roads are blocked. Tell someone out of the area which routes you plan to use.
- Make a list of what you’ll want to take with you if you leave your home quickly. Consider the Five P’s of Evacuation: People/Pets; Prescriptions; Papers; Personal Needs; Priceless Items.
- Take stock of batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
- Talk to a medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines.
- Take inventory of available supplies such as food, water, and clothing.
- Have some cash available in case retail point-of-sale devices are unable to accept credit cards during an outage.
- Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged.
- Know how to manually open electric garage doors and gates.
- For more information, including what to do during a power outage, visit www.readymarin.org and www.ready.gov.
SAFETY REMINDERS DURING AN OUTAGE
- If possible, avoid driving during strong wind events or power outages to reduce the risk of traffic collisions. Be aware of hazards such as fallen trees and debris in the roadway. Treat unlit traffic lights as a four-way stop.
- Check on your neighbors. Older adults, young children, and those with fragile medical conditions are especially vulnerable during a power outage.
- Go to a designated charging station or community resource center if heat or cold is extreme. A list of stations and centers will be compiled once the outage begins.
- Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with sudden surges or electrical spikes that can cause damage.
- Turn off irrigation systems and reduce water use. Conserving water eases demand on backup generators and ensures we have enough water for firefighting and other essential needs.
- Use extreme caution when operating gas powered generators. Always read an owner’s manual before operating a generator. Avoid overloading your generator by following the manufacturer's directions for load capacity. Use your generator outside with the exhaust directed away from openings to your home or nearby buildings. Generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows.Generators need to cool before refueling or could spark a fire. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.
- During an outage, auto-igniters on gas appliances (e.g., gas stoves) will not work. Use extreme caution when lighting burners with a match.
Perishable food must remain at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below to remain safe to eat. Unless perishable food is kept on ice for the duration of an outage, most of it (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs) will need to be disposed. Follow USDA guidelines when evaluating each food item for disposal.
Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer.
Zero Waste Marin reminds residents to dispose of spoiled food in a “green” way and avoid dumping it in a landfill. Remove foods from packaging and toss spoiled food into the green organics cart for composting.
Don’t take chances. When in Doubt, Throw it Out! Maintain food supplies that do not require refrigeration.
Wildfires Are Coming, Are You Ready?
Office of Emergency Services
The geography, weather patterns, open-space, and vegetation in Marin makes us particularly vulnerable to wildfire. To help educate property owners and residents in areas most at risk, FIRESafe MARIN uses the “Ready, Set, Go!” education program. Ready, Set, Go! helps organize the preparation actions needed by residents and businesses to be ready for wildfire.
Find out what the experts know about the best way to make your home and neighborhood safer from wildfire. From the basics of defensible space and sound landscaping techniques to research on how homes ignite (and what you can do about it), FIRESafe MARIN offers tips, tools and teachings you can use!
The Marin County Fire Chiefs Association and FIRESafe MARIN have adopted the "Ready, Set, Go" education program to help Marin residents prepare for and react when wildfires strike their community.
Before a wildfire threatens your home, create defensible space by choosing fire safe plants and landscaping, and clearing flammable vegetation. Harden your home with fire-safe construction materials and methods. Learn more...
Plan escape routes in advance and make sure your family knows the plan of action. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place. Monitor news and info on local fires from media and public safety agencies. Learn more...
Evacuate early and safely. Follow your personal wildland fire action plan. Doing so will support your safety and allow firefighters to focus on fighting the fire. Learn more...
MARIN COUNTY WILDFIRE EVACUATION GUIDE
Evacuations save lives and allow responding personnel to focus on the emergency at hand. Please evacuate promptly when requested! Your life is at stake!
Where to buy sandbags in Marin County
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232 Shoreline Highway, Mill Valley
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Goodman Building Supply
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Supplemental Sand Bag Info
How to fill sandbags
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From the California Department of Water Resources