What can I do to prepare for a Public Safety Power Shutoff?
It is important to prepare an emergency plan in advance in the event your family is affected by a power shutoff – or any other emergency.
What if I’m dependent on electricity for a medical device?
During a Public Safety Power Shutoff, ALL customers serviced by an affected power line will have their power shut off. If you rely on electric or battery-dependent medical technologies such as breathing machines, a power wheelchair or scooter, and home oxygen or dialysis, it is critical that you have a plan in place for an extended power outage.
Your plan should include:
Keeping emergency phone numbers handy
A backup location where you can go
Making sure your energy company is aware of your medical device
Considering a safe backup power source, such as a generator or uninterruptible power supply
Establishing multiple people you can contact for help who know how to operate your equipment and backup systems
What can I expect if a Public Safety Power Shutoff is going to occur?
If a Public Safety Power Shutoff is needed due to extreme weather conditions, you can expect:
When will a Public Safety Power Shutoff occur?
Every situation is unique. Your energy company makes the decision to turn off power by monitoring local fire danger conditions across California and taking into consideration a combination of weather and environmental factors. These may include, but are not limited to:
HIGH WINDS AND HIGH WIND GUSTS
LOW HUMIDITY LEVELS
that could serve as fuel for a wildfire
to electric infrastructure
by on-the-ground field experts
RED FLAG WARNING
declared by the National Weather Service
How long will it take before power is restored?
Power will remain out for as long as extreme and dangerous weather conditions pose a potential fire risk. After a Public Safety Power Shutoff event, your energy company will inspect and repair power lines and equipment so that power can be safely restored.
Depending on the severity of the weather and other factors, power outages could last several hours or multiple days – so it’s important you and your family have an emergency plan in place.
Additional Preparedness Resources
- ready.gov – Disaster preparedness information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- readyforwildfire.org – CAL FIRE’s wildfire preparedness website
- cpuc.ca.gov/wildfiresinfo – Information on the CPUC’s wildfire safety efforts
- caloes.ca.gov – California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services website
- cafiresafecouncil.org – California Fire Safe Council website
- noaa.gov – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website