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Public Safety Power Shutoff

For public safety, we may turn off electricity when gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk, are forecasted. This is called a “Public Safety Power Shutoff” or “PSPS.” When possible, we will email, phone, or text customers who will be impacted, before we turn off power.

Get PSPS event information

If a safety shutoff becomes necessary, we will post updates regularly before and during the event. Learn whether your address may be impacted, the time power is expected to be turned off, the estimated time of restoration and more.
Visit PSPS Event Page

Do you depend on electricity for medical needs?

Be ready to act if PG&E notifies you that a shutoff is possible. Keep emergency phone numbers handy and consider staying with a friend or relative during an outage. Check with local authorities regarding available resources.
Learn more at prepare for power down

Support and services during a PSPS

Medical, shelter, food and other free support is available during a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). These services are for our disabled and aging populations.
Learn more and how to access these services
What to do before and during an outage
  • Have key supplies on hand

    • Flashlights for the household
    • Battery-powered or crank radio
    • Batteries in various sizes
    • Mobile phone as backup if your landline will not work
    • Cash and a full tank of gas
  • Follow important safety tips

    • Have an emergency plan in place, including pets
    • Avoid using candles during an outage
    • Know how to manually open your garage or any electric door
    • Unplug or turn off appliances and electronics to avoid damage when power is restored
    • Check on your neighbors
  • Take precautions when using a generator

    • Follow all instructions
    • Test before using
    • Position where exhaust can vent safely
    • Do not run a portable generator in the rain
    • Do not store fuel inside the house

No single factor drives a Public Safety Power Shutoff, as each situation is unique. PG&E carefully reviews a combination of many criteria when determining if power should be turned off for safety. These factors generally include, but are not limited to:

  • A Red Flag Warning declared by the National Weather Service
  • Low humidity levels, generally 20 percent and below
  • Forecasted sustained winds generally above 25 mph and wind gusts in excess of approximately 45 mph, depending on location and site-specific conditions such as temperature, terrain and local climate
  • Condition of dry fuel on the ground and live vegetation (moisture content)
  • On-the-ground, real-time observations from PG&E’s Wildfire Safety Operations Center and field crews

Importantly, while we monitor and take into consideration Red Flag Warnings issued from the National Weather Service, the issuance of a Red Flag Warning does not automatically trigger a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

Why would power be shut off in a community not experiencing high winds?

Predictions of strong winds are one of several criteria that we consider when deciding to initiate a Public Safety Power Shutoff, along with other factors like predictions of very low humidity levels combined with critically dry vegetation and on-the-ground observations.

Although you may not live or work in a high fire-threat area, or an area experiencing high winds, your power may be shut off if your community relies upon a line that runs through an area experiencing gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk.

We anticipate that a Public Safety Power Shutoff could occur several times per year in PG&E’s service area although it is impossible to predict with certainty when, where and how often gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk, could occur, given the rapidly changing environmental conditions.

While customers in high fire-threat areas are more likely to be affected, any customer could have their power shut off if their community relies upon a line that passes through a high fire-threat area. We want all our customers to be prepared for this possibility no matter where they live or work.