As part of its 2019 Community Wildfire Safety Program, PG&E could implement precautionary measures to reduce the risk of wildfire breaking out. If extreme fire danger conditions threaten a portion of PG&E's electric system, or the transmission lines that serve it, PG&E may find it necessary to turn off electricity, or "de-energize" power lines, to reduce the risk of wildfire. PG&E calls this Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) and it is likely to affect residents of the City of Lafayette.
While customers in high fire threat areas, including Lafayette (view CPUC Fire Threat Map) are more likely to be affected, a public safety power outage could affect any of PG&E's customers or other utilities that rely on PG&E's transmission lines. This is because the energy system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.
PG&E intends to provide customers with 48 hours advanced notice via phone call, text, or email. Conditions can change quickly, and PG&E may be unable to fully execute their noticing protocols. After the extreme weather event has passed, PG&E will conduct inspections and any necessary repairs before power can be restored and it could could take between 2 to 5 days for power to be restored. This means you should plan to be self-sustaining for an extended period of time, including provisions for food, water, emergency power, and medical needs.
In addition to PG&E Wildfire Safety Shutoff Alerts, it is important to sign up for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services Community Warning System (CWS). Registering with CWS ensures that you will receive immediate notification of PSPS events, wildfires, and other disasters affecting Lafayette. Register now for CWS.
Lafayette's residents need to be prepared for the possibility of living without power for up to 5 days. We have provided resources below to help you and your family understand PSPS and to prepare for the these planned power outages.
Prepare for PG&E's PSPS
- PG&E PSPS Fact Sheet
- PG&E PSPS Policies & Procedures
- Update Your PG&E Contact Information
- PG&E Safety Action Center
- PG&E Plan to Be Without Electricity
- PG&E Medical Baseline Program
- PG&E Guide for Checking Power Outages
- PG&E Emergency Supply Kit Checklist
- PG&E Electric Generator Safety
- EBMUD PSPS Water Service Preparations
- City of Lafayette PSPS Preparedness Standings
Additional Power Outage Resources
- Contra Costa County Emergency Services: Preparing For a Power Outage
- FEMA Power Outage Information Sheet
- PSPS-The Power of Being Prepared
- How To Keep Food Safe During a Power Outage
- CC Environmental Health Power Outage Flyer-Food & Pools
- Tips for Communication During an Emergency
- PG&E Community Wildfire Safety Program for Lafayette
- PG&E Community Wildfire Safety Program Fact Sheet
- Lamorinda Residents Guide to Wildfire Preparedness & Evacuation
- City of Lafayette Wildland Fire Evacuation Plan
- Contra Costa County Residents Wildland Fire Guide
- CPUC Fire-Threat Maps & the High Fire-Threat District Maps
- CAL Fire - Wildfire Preparedness
Questions regarding PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff program can be directed to PG&E's East Bay Community Affairs Team Leader, Tom Guarino, at TGG3@pge.com. For information regarding the City of Lafayette's preparations, please contact the City's Communications Analyst, Jeff Heyman, at email@example.com or telephone (925) 299-3241.