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PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Update: Approximately 51 Customers in Vernalis impacted

Posted: Oct 9, 2019

 
MEDIA RELEASE
 
 
 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2019, 10:25 AM
 
pG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Update:
approximately 51 customers in vernalis will have their service impacted by PG&E’s Public Safety Power SHutoff around 1 Pm today
Service to Customers in Tracy City Limits Still NOT Expected to be Impacted
 
Tracy, Calif. – In a recent news release, PG&E confirmed they began proactively turning off power for safety to nearly 800,000 customers early this morning in response to a widespread, severe weather event. Approximately 51 San Joaquin County Customers in the Vernalis area are expected to be impacted during the second phase - around 1 PM today. PG&E customers within the city limits of Tracy are still not expected to be impacted by this PSPS event.
 
To support the affected customers, a Community Resource Center has been opened at the Westley Hotel, located at 8615 CA-33 in Westley, California. Restrooms, bottled water, electronic device charging and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 people will be available there between 8 AM - 8 PM.
 
PG&E anticipates that this weather event will last through midday Thursday, with peak winds forecasted from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning. PG&E notified the impacted customers in advance and will continue to provide them with updates via automated calls, texts and emails. Once the extreme weather subsides, which is expected to occur by noon on Thursday, the power infrastructure can be evaluated by PG&E and restoration of service to customers within the PSPS event will begin. Customers not impacted by the PSPS may still experience power outages without advance notification due to PG&E equipment being damaged during this major wind event. 
 
The City will continue to work closely with PG&E, the South San Joaquin County Fire Authority, San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services and other community stakeholders to share updates regarding this PSPS event as they become available. 
 
How to stay informed and prepared:
  • PG&E customers should update their contact info with PG&E online or by calling 1-866-743-6589 during normal business hours to receive alerts directly from PG&E through automated calls, texts and emails, when and where possible, prior to a PSPS.
 
ENCLOSURES: Maps of affected area in San Joaquin County, PG&E News Release
 
How to stay informed and prepared (continued):
  • PG&E customers dependent on life-support equipment and/or require special heating or cooling needs for certain medical conditions should sign up for PG&E’s Medical Baseline
Program, which provides additional energy at the lowest price for customers and ensures the special medical needs of these customers are addressed during a PSPS.
  • Visit pge.com for additional information on creating an emergency kit, checklist, view weather awareness updates and to obtain outage information – searches can be done by address/area to see if there are any outages, the reason for the outages & when power is expected to be restored.
  • Sign up for text messages/emails to receive updates on specific PG&E outages.
  • Text “Enroll” to 97633 to receive PSPS Zip Code Alerts (for non-accountholders).
  • Follow @PGE4ME on Twitter.
  • Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.
  • Keep mobile devices and other electronics charged and gas tanks full.
  • Know how to manually open electric garage door openers and gates.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.
  • Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies, water, non-perishable food and cash.
  • Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so you know the temperature when power is restored. Throw out the food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
  • Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at pge.com/wildfiresafety.
  • Learn more about wildfire risk and what to do before, during and after an emergency to keep your family safe at PG&E’s Safety Action Center.
 
 
 
IMAGES: PG&E PSPS Outage Maps – Impacted Area in San Joaquin County
CONTACTS
PG&E                                                                          
1-866-743-6589                                                          
                                            
Carissa Higginbotham, Public Information Officer
(209) 831-6102
                                                                                                

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