UPDATE (10/29, 10:30 a.m.): PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff scheduled for 10/29 at approximately 10 p.m.
Due to another extreme wind event, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has announced a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) for Tuesday, 10/29, starting at 10 p.m., which is expected to impact approximately 483 customers in Santa Clara County. Power restoration for this event is estimated to start on Wednesday, 10/30, after 7 a.m., and expected to last up to 48 hours.
PG&E will notify affected households via phone, text, and email just prior to shutting off power. Residents could be without power for up to seven days, or power could come back on much sooner, depending on conditions.
The best way to see if the power shutoff will affect you is by checking your address on the PG&E potential PSPS address-lookup map: http://bit.ly/PGEaddress-lookup
Visit the PG&E website for information in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Tagalog: https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/public-safety-power-shutoff-faq.page
Resources that Are Available to You During the Power Shutoff:
- For dangerous situations that threaten life or safety, call 9-1-1.
- To receive additional power shutoff information and referrals to services in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese and other languages, call 211.
Power Outage Safety Tips
- Use a cell phone or hard-wired phone. Cordless phones do not work without electricity.
- Use battery-operated flashlights. Do not use candles as they pose a fire hazard.
- Unplug or turn off all electric and heat-producing appliances (e.g. air conditioners, washers and dryers, ovens, stoves, irons) to avoid overloading circuits. Overloaded circuits can be a fire hazard once power is restored.
- Unplug televisions and computers that were in use when the power went out.
- Leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed, and place extra containers of ice inside to preserve food. A full, unopened freezer will remain colder longer.
- Notify your alarm company if you have an alarm system. Equipment can be affected by outages.
- Turn your appliances back on one at a time when power is restored.
- Don’t forget to reset clocks, thermostats and other programmed equipment after power is restored.
Food Safety During Power Outage: When to save it and when to throw it out
As the USDA notes in Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency, your refrigerator will keep food safe for up to 4 hours during a power outage. Keep the door closed as much as possible. Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers after 4 hours without power. Food Safety Chart
After a power outage never taste food to determine its safety. You will have to evaluate each item separately—use this chart as a guide. When in Doubt, Throw it Out!