For Immediate ReleaseOctober 23, 2020
PG&E notifies County staff of possible temporary service disruption
SAN RAFAEL, CA – The County of Marin is working with local jurisdictions to prepare for a potential shutoff of PG&E power to areas of Marin County because of extreme weather and wildfire conditions.
The “Watch Alert” is in affect for approximately 20,000 customers in coastal and higher elevation communities for the afternoon of Sunday, October 25 through Tuesday, October 27. Residents should prepare for the possibility of losing power during that time frame. The exact time and location(s) of the potential power outages is unknown and will be determined by PG&E, which plans to issue initial potential outage maps by Friday evening, 8:00pm.
PG&E is monitoring weather patterns and said it will provide updates to customers and the County of Marin as additional information is available. Residents and businesses can access updated PSPS information from PG&E online at www.pge.com/pspsupdates.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services is putting into motion its Electrical System De-energization Response Plan. Additionally, it is coordinating with nearby response partners in monitoring the power situation at Marin’s Emergency Operations Center. Fire agencies in Marin, including the Marin County Fire Department, have increased staffing resources during the heightened threat.
All questions regarding PSPS events and extended outages should be directed to PG&E via their website and (800) 743-5002. Residents should only call 9-1-1 if experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency.
Neighbors are encouraged to check on other neighbors-- especially older adults, individuals with disabilities, or individuals dependent on powered medical equipment-- to ensure they are aware of and prepared for a potential power outage.
Emergency Management officials remind residents and visitors that it is important to have a plan to adjust daily routines to one without PG&E power. FEMA recommends the following steps:
The County will continue to share information updates as they become available via its website and on social media via Facebook and Twitter.
Brenton SchneiderSergeantMarin County Sheriff's Office
1600 Los Gamos DriveSan Rafael, CA 94903Email: Brenton SchneiderSheriff-Coroner website