For Immediate ReleaseOctober 08, 2019
PG&E notifies County staff of temporary service disruption in Southern Marin
San Rafael, CA – The County of Marin acted promptly October 8 to prepare for a shutoff of PG&E power to areas of Marin County because of extreme weather and fire conditions.
Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has notified the County that it will activate its Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) protocols in response to high temperatures, Red Flag conditions and high winds. At 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, PG&E said it would initiate a planned power shutoff in or near the areas of Bolinas, Fairfax, Mill Valley, Muir Beach, Olema, Sausalito, and Stinson Beach by 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. The duration of the shutoff is unknown and will be determined by PG&E.
“We are being proactive and mobilizing our resources due to the potential power loss and increased fire threat,” said Supervisor Kate Sears, President of the Marin County Board of Supervisors. “Public safety is our No. 1 priority, and we will focus our efforts to ensure the safety and security of our residents – especially those with access and functional needs whose health could be impacted by the loss of power.”
Sears said the decision to turn off the power and the speed at which it is restored is managed solely by PG&E. “We’ll work alongside their staff to communicate updates using all our outreach tools,” she said.
Fire agencies in Marin, including the Marin County Fire Department, have increased staffing resources during the heightened threat.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is putting into motion its Electrical System De-energization Response Plan. Additionally, it is coordinating with nearby response partners in monitoring the power situation.
PG&E is monitoring weather patterns and said it will provide updates to customers and the County of Marin as additional information is available. Residents and businesses can access updated PSPS information from PG&E online at www.pge.com/pspsupdates.
All questions regarding PSPS events and extended outages should be directed to PG&E via their website and (866) 743-6589. Please only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency.
Seniors and vulnerable populations who may be adversely affected by an extended outage can contact Marin Health and Human Service’s resource line at 415-457-INFO to access available resources.
Emergency management officials remind residents and visitors that it is important to have a plan to adjust daily routines to one without PG&E power. FEMA recommends the following steps:
As of 2:45 p.m., PG&E estimated the following figures on households to be affected by the PSPS:
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Laine HendricksPublic Information OfficerCounty Administrator's Office
3501 Civic Center DriveSuite #325San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-7496Email: Laine HendricksCounty Administrator website