PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff

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Update as of October 11, 2019: PG&E restored power last night, October 10. All Town services are available. 

Urgent Update as of October 10, 2019: PG&E commenced the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), affecting parts of Los Gatos, late on the night of October 9. The outage could last up to 7 days.  As of October 10, all Town services are operating normally except for the following:
- The Los Gatos Library is closed until further notice.
- The online building permits system is down.
- The online parks reservation system is down.
- Council agendas and reports prior to July 1, 2019 are currently unavailable through the website.

Urgent Update as of the afternoon of October 9, 2019: PG&E has announced the potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) will take effect sometime around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9 and could potentially last up to 5 to 7 days.  

Urgent Update as of the morning of October 9, 2019: PG&E has announced the potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) will take effect sometime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9 and could potentially last up to 5 to 7 days.  

Urgent Update as of October 8, 2019: PG&E has announced a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).  This potential PSPS would affect up to 29 counties in the State of California, including Santa Clara County and parts of Los Gatos.  It may begin as early as 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9 and could potentially last up to 5 to 7 days.  PG&E attributes this planned PSPS to weather conditions including strong winds and poor humidity and overall high fire risk.

If you live within the shaded area of the above PG&E PSPS map you should plan on losing power sometime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday October 9.

As of Summer 2019, PG&E adopted the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Program.  As part of PG&E’s efforts to reduce wildfire risk, PG&E will turn off power on days with a high risk of wildfire.  Some of the conditions that PG&E considers prior to a power shutoff include:  low humidity, sustained winds, dry vegetation, and Red Flag Warning days.  Based on those conditions and the fact that a large portion of our Town resides in a Very High Fire Hazard Area (VHFHA), there is a high likelihood that the Town and surrounding areas may experience one or more power shutoffs in the coming months.  PG&E has informed customers that power outages due to PSPS events could last between two and seven days.  Like the other natural hazards we face as Californians, Town residents, merchants, and visitors should be prepared in light of this new PG&E program and the risk of wildfire in our area. 

In case of a PSPS, all Town services are expected to operate as normal with the exception of the Library, which may be closed.  Please call ahead at (408) 354-6891 to check before visiting the Library during a PSPS.

Get the latest information on a PSPS event on PG&E’s website here: https://www.pge.com/pspsupdates

PG&E’s Safety Action Center is a good resource for making sure your families, neighborhoods and pets are prepared in case of emergency: https://www.safetyactioncenter.pge.com/

How you can prepare for a potential multi-day power outage and stay safe:

  1. PG&E will aim to notify customers 48 hours in advance of a shutoff via phone call, text, or email. Update your contact information for notifications here: www.pge.com/wildfirealerts or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours.
  2. Prepare and practice an emergency plan that accounts for all family members and pets.  The following websites have useful information for both wildfire and power outage preparedness:  www.sccfd.org/rsg    https://www.ready.gov/power-outages.
  3. Prepare an emergency kit that will last at least 5 days. https://www.pge.com/includes/docs/pdfs/safety/preparedness/kit/Be-Prepared-Emergency-Checklist.pdf   https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Power_Outage/PowerOutage.pdf.
  4. Signup for AlertSCC and Nixle to ensure you receive local emergency communications:  https://www.losgatosca.gov/2519/Notifications.
  5. PG&E has indicated that they will make every effort to notify registered Medical Baseline customers that depend on electricity for a medical condition in the event of a PSPS.  PG&E encourages Medical Baseline customers to register for notifications. www.pge.com/wildfirealerts
  6. Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power. 
  7. Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.

PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff information and resources in multiple languages:

Spanish - https://www.pge.com/es_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/public-safety-event.page

Mandarin - https://www.pge.com/zh_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/public-safety-event.page

Vietnamese - https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/vi_US/public-safety-event.page

Tagalog - https://www.pge.com/en_US/safety/emergency-preparedness/natural-disaster/wildfires/tl_US/public-safety-event.page

Traffic Safety During a PG&E Power Shutoff

Traffic signals and streetlights in the affected areas will not work, so please drive with caution:
o Once the power is out, limit your driving as much as possible.
o Approach all intersections with caution. Remember a non-functioning or flashing traffic signal should be treated as a stop sign.
o Stop at dark signals.
o Obey all road closures and detours.
o Avoid driving at night if possible.
o If you must drive at night, use your headlights, stay alert, and be on the lookout for people walking and biking. There will be no streetlights to illuminate them.
o If you must walk or bike after dark, use a headlight or flashlight. Wear bright or reflective clothing. Wear a helmet if biking.