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Posted on: September 25, 2020

PG&E Announces a Potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) for Nevada County on Sunday

PGE PSPS 9.25.20

Read PG&E's full news release on their website

9/25/20: https://www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/newsdetails/index.page?title=20200925_updated_weather_forecast_for_dry_offshore_wind_event_means_pge_might_need_to_proactively_turn_off_power_for_safety_in_portions_of_15_counties

9/26/20: https://www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/newsdetails/index.page?title=20200926_for_public_safety_due_to_severe_weather_and_wind_pge_expects_to_turn_off_power_to_approximately_89000_customers_in_parts_of_16_counties

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) continues to monitor a potentially strong and dry offshore wind event forecasted to start early Sunday morning and expected to last through Monday. Given the expected weather conditions, PG&E began its one-day advance notifications to customers in areas where PG&E may need to proactively turn power off for safety to reduce the risk of wildfire from energized power lines.

The anticipated scope and timing of this event has changed from earlier announcements, based on updated weather forecasts that showed stronger wind gusts in a larger portion of PG&E's service area. PG&E's in-house meteorologists, as well as its Wildfire Safety Operation Center and Emergency Operations Center, continue to monitor conditions closely and additional notifications will be made today to customers who may be impacted by this event.

Potential Public Safety Power Shutoff on Sunday

The potential PSPS starting early Sunday morning could impact approximately 7,260 customers in Nevada County and a total of 88,703 customers in portions of fifteen counties in the Northern Sierra and North Valley.

Customers can look up their address online to find out if their location is being monitored for the potential safety shutoff at www.pge.com/pspsupdatesCustomers enrolled in the company's Medical Baseline Program who do not verify that they have received these important safety communications will be individually visited in person by a PG&E employee when possible. A primary focus will be given to customers who rely on electricity for critical life-sustaining equipment.

Community Resource Centers Reflect COVID-Safety Protocols

PG&E will open outdoor, open-air Community Resource Centers (CRCs) in every county where a PSPS occurs. These temporary CRCs will be open to customers when power is out at their homes and will provide ADA-accessible restrooms, hand-washing stations; medical-equipment charging; Wi-Fi; bottled water; grab-and-go bags and non-perishable snacks. PG&E updates its CRC locations regularly, click here for updates.

PG&E's CRC in Nevada County will be located at:

Foothills Event Center

  • Address: 400 Idaho Maryland Rd, Grass Valley, Nevada, 95945
  • Date Open: 9/27/2020
  • Date Closed: To Be Announced
  • Hours Open: 8:00AM - 10:00PM
  • Location Type: Indoor
  • Available Resources: Snacks and water, Air-conditioning/heating, Device charging, Ice, ADA-accessible restroom and washing station, Seating, Small medical device charging, Wi-Fi

Nevada City Elks Lodge

  • Address: 518 State Highway 49, Nevada City, Nevada, 95959
  • Date Open: 9/27/2020
  • Date Closed: To Be Announced
  • Hours Open: 8:00AM - 10:00PM
  • Location Type: Outdoor, in parking lot
  • Available Resources: Snacks and water, Device charging, ADA-accessible restroom and washing station, Small medical device charging, Wi-Fi

All CRCs will follow important health and safety protocols including:

  • Facial coverings and maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet from those who are not part of the same household will be required at all CRCs.
  • Temperature checks will be administered before entering CRCs that are located indoors.
  • CRC staff will be trained in COVID-19 precautions and will regularly sanitize surfaces and use Plexiglass barriers at check-in.
  • All CRCs will follow county and state requirements regarding COVID-19, including limits on the number of customers permitted indoors at any time.

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