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How to Be Prepared for Power Shutoffs

An important message from the City of Novato, Novato Police and Novato Fire

Post Date:09/20/2019 10:26 AM

PG&E will potentially turn off power to fire prone areas during extreme weather events as a safety precaution. This is known as a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). While a PSPS is more likely to occur in high fire-risk areas, all residents could be impacted by emergency events and need to be prepared with a plan and an emergency kit. Once we are notified of a pending power shutoff, we will send information to the community with the anticipated duration of the outage, as provided by PG&E. Power outages could last multiple days, depending on the severity of weather conditions and other factors.

We may also open Power Resource Sites that will provide places for the community to gather in a cool facility and be able to recharge devices during daytime hours.


The decision and action to turn off power is made by PG&E and is based on a combination of factors: 
• High winds (including Red Flag Warnings declared by the National Weather Service)
• Low humidity
• Dry vegetation 
• Conditions on the ground


UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION: Sign up for important outage alerts from PG&E.

FUEL UP, CHARGE UP, and CASH UP as banks and gas stations will not have power.

SIGN UP:  NIXLE and ALERT MARIN Public Safety Notification Systems for yourself and family members.

BACKUP CHARGING METHODS: For phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.

MEDICAL NEEDS: Make a plan for any medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power and speak with a medical provider on what might be needed. 

PETS: Plan for the needs of pets and livestock, food, water, medicine, identification tags and collars, medical records, photos, etc. 

EMERGENCY KIT: Be ready to go with food, water, flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies, radio and cash.

EMERGENCY MEETING LOCATION: Designate an emergency meeting location in case of separation from loved ones or need for safety.

KNOW: How to manually open garage doors.

BACKUP GENERATORS: Ensure they are ready to safely operate, i.e., fuel, location near home, etc.

IDENTIFY: Any unique needs of your family and loved ones in the area for your emergency plan .


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