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PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Program

Understanding the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Program


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 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.
  • Take steps now to charge portable devices such as cell phones.
  • Because of the expected high temperatures, 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.