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PG&E Confirmed It Will Implement A Public Safety Power Shutoff Tomorrow, Affecting Electric Service for Approximately 51 Customers in Vernalis

Service to PG&E Customers in Tracy City Limits is NOT Expected to be Impacted

Posted: Oct 8, 2019
Location: Tracy, Calif.

 In a recent news release, PG&E confirmed it will implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) as a precautionary measure to reduce wildfire risk during the forecasted severe wind event tomorrow.  Approximately 51 PG&E customers in Vernalis are among the nearly 800,000 statewide whose electric service will be affected by PG&E proactively turning off power for safety.  The power will be turned off to communities in stages beginning just after midnight on Wednesday, depending on local timing of the severe wind conditions.  PG&E customers within the city limits of Tracy are not expected to be impacted by this PSPS event.

 

PG&E anticipates that this weather event will last through midday Thursday with peak winds forecasted from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning.  PG&E has been notifying potentially impacted customers and will continue to do so via automated calls, texts and emails.  However, customers not impacted by the PSPS may experience power outages due to PG&E equipment being damaged during this major wind event; those customers will not be notified in advance. 

 

The City will continue to work closely with PG&E, the South San Joaquin County Fire AuthoritySan Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services and other community stakeholders to share updates regarding this PSPS event as they become available. 

 

How customers can prepare:

  • PG&E customers should update their contact info with PG&E online or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours to receive alerts directly from PG&E through automated calls, texts and emails, when and where possible, prior to a PSPS
  • PG&E customers dependent on life-support equipment and/or require special heating or cooling needs for certain medical conditions should sign up for PG&E’s Medical Baseline Program, which provides additional energy at the lowest price for customers and ensure the special medical needs of these customers are addressed during a PSPS.
  • Follow @PGE4ME on Twitter
  • Sign up for text messages/emails to receive updates on specific PG&E outages
  • Text “Enroll” to 97633 to receive PSPS Zip Code Alerts (for non-accountholders)
  • Text your zip code to 888777 to receive Nixle alerts from your local agencies
  • Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.
  • Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
  • Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at pge.com/wildfiresafety.
  • Learn more about wildfire risk and what to do before, during and after an emergency to keep your family safe at PG&E’s Safety Action Center.

 

IMAGES: PG&E PSPS Outage Maps

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OA LgMap

CONTACTS

PG&E                                                                          Carissa Higginbotham, Public Information Officer

1-866-743-6589                                                           City of Tracy

wildfiresafety@pge.com                                              (209) 831-6102

pge.com/wildfiresafety                                                Carissa.higginbotham@cityoftracy.org

 

-COT-

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