For Immediate ReleaseOctober 26, 2019
PG&E will launch widespread Public Safety Power Shutoffs Saturday afternoon
SAN RAFAEL, CA – Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has notified the County that it will implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in Marin County. The PSPS is confirmed in response to a strong wind event coupled with extreme fire conditions. The extended outage will begin at as early 4:00p.m. on Saturday, October 26, depending on weather patterns. The outage will continue through the duration of the weather event.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning and High Wind Warning for the North Bay region, which will remain in place until Monday evening. The duration of the shutoff is unknown and will be determined by PG&E. Though the weather event will end Monday, power restoration could take several days. Residents should be prepared to be without power for up to 5 days.
PG&E increased its estimate to 118,535 metered locations within Marin will be impacted by the extended outage. It is approximately 99% of the County. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services has activated it’s Emergency Operations Center and is coordinating with other agencies within Marin.
Who to call for information:
Call 2-1-1 for non-emergency calls, including questions about medical devices, community resource center and charging center locations, and referrals to other social services. 2-1-1 should be your primary contact number. In addition, residents can text MARINSHUTOFF to 898-211 (or MARINAPAGON to 898-211 for Spanish speaking residents) to receive helpful information.
Only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a medical emergency (e.g., severe bleeding, chest pain, etc.), or to report a downed power line or tree which could create a public hazard.
All questions regarding PSPS events and extended outages should be directed to PG&E via their website and 1-800-743-5000. Residents and businesses can access updated PSPS information from PG&E online at www.pge.com/pspsupdates and verify impacted addresses at www.pge.com/eventmaps.
Prepare for Outage Now:
Residents who depend on electrically powered life sustaining equipment should follow these steps:
For more information, including what to do during a power outage, visit www.readymarin.org and www.ready.gov.
Stay Safe During an Outage:
Once power goes out, local agencies and community partners plan to activate a series of charging stations for affected residents to recharge cell phone and small devices. Hours listed are effective once the outage occurs.
The County will continue to share updates as they become available via marincounty.org/emergency, marinsheriff.org and on social media via Facebook and Twitter (@MarinSheriff). As more information becomes available on specific communities affected by the PSPS, that information will be relayed.
Laine HendricksPublic Information OfficerCounty Administrator's Office
3501 Civic Center DriveSuite #325San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-7496Email: Laine HendricksCounty Administrator website