County of Marin - News Releases - Public Safety Power Shutoff

For Immediate Release
November 18, 2019

County Prepares for Potential Power Shutoff

PG&E notifies County staff of possible temporary service disruption starting November 20

San Rafael, CA – PG&E has notified the Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) about a planned Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) this week that potentially will affect 23,345 metered locations in Marin County.

The shutoff is projected to start at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 20. PG&E expects to receive the all clear and start line inspections by 8 a.m. Thursday, November 21. PG&E reminds residents that it could take 24-48 hours from the start of inspections for everyone to have power restored. 

While Marin is projected to be affected by the outage, the neighborhoods that will lose power are still unknown as of Monday, November 18. It is subject to change and is a fluid and developing situation.

Marin remains threatened by future shutoffs as long as critical wildfire conditions exist. Factors that could prompt a PSPS include a National Weather Service Red Flag Warning, low humidity levels, dry vegetation conditions, forecasts of sustained winds of 25 mph or gusts above 45 mph, and real-time observations of conditions from field crews.

The OES staff urges residents to prepare themselves and neighbors for an outage of up to seven days. Extra communication with seniors, those with fragile medical conditions, and other vulnerable populations is recommended. A handy power shutoff preparation list can be found on the ReadyMarin website.

Follow Marin County Sheriff on Twitter (@MarinSheriff) or the County of Marin (@MarinGov) on Nextdoor, Twitter and Facebook to stay informed. Sign up for PG&E alerts at to receive notification when a PSPS has been confirmed for your area. 

The County plans to send updates when it is notified of the scope of those being affected by the PSPS. 


Laine Hendricks
Public Information Officer
County Administrator's Office

3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite #325
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-7496
Email: Laine Hendricks
County Administrator website