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PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Program

Be Prepared for a Public Safety Power Shutoff

PG&E announced there may be a Public Safety Power Shutoff event affecting Yuba County residents in our foothills. The timing for the shutoff is sometime early morning on Wednesday, November 20, and lasting through early Thursday morning, November 21.

After the wind event is declared over on Thursday, PG&E would begin efforts to restore power, which will take 12-24 hours to accomplish. Restoration is also dependent on the winds dying down and subject to change from PG&E.

This weather event of gusty winds and low humidity is not expected to be as lengthy as the wind events we saw earlier this year. Even so, be prepared for the shutoff to last two days or so. 

Click HERE to see a map of areas slated to have the power shut off.

PG&E will once again open a "Customer Resource Center" during the period of the power shutoff. The center can be used to charge medical equipment, personal devices, and similar items. Water and restrooms will be available.

Here is the location:

  • Alcouffe Center
  • 9185 Marysville Road in Oregon House
  • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but only when the power is actually shut off

While Yuba County has no role in whether a power shutoff will occur, our OES team wants to make sure those who rely on power for medical equipment are not put at risk; please use this notice to ensure your devices are charged and have backup power. If there is a true medical emergency, dial 9-1-1.

We will post updates here, as they come to us. Please read below for more information on what to expect and steps you can take to prepare.

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has stated its intention to use its new "Public Safety Power Shutoff" program during extreme weather events. Initiating the program requires a number of factors, which include high winds, hot temperatures and low humidity. The reason for this program is to be proactive in reducing any fire risk caused by power transmission lines affected by such extreme weather.

It's important to understand that this program, whenever it is initiated, is done by PG&E alone, and Yuba County does not have any control over the decision. However, the Yuba County Office of Emergency Services will take steps during each power shutoff to ensure the safety of our residents.

Yuba County OES has plans in place to open centers that have backup generators, in order to meet the needs for residents who depend on medical equipment that must be plugged into a power source. These plans predate PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff program.

Anytime PG&E shuts off power to an at-risk region, we are told it could take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours, or longer, before power lines are back online. This is why it is always important for residents to make plans to prepare their households.

What can you do?

  • If we go through an extended period without power, food items that require refrigeration can spoil. You may want to consider purchasing ice to keep items cold as long as possible.
  • Ensure that any medical equipment that has a battery backup is charged.
  • Take steps now to charge portable devices such as cell phones.
  • Consider making arrangements to stay with friends of family, should the power be shut off.

Click HERE to go to the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff information page.