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Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)


A Public Safety Power Shutoff is preventative system that utility companies use when they predict extreme weather conditions that could cause a fire Among many other weather conditions, wind and trees can interfere with electrical transmission and distribution lines, which can ignite fires. While an extreme weather condition may not be occurring in your area, you should still be on the alert in case you are impacted by a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

School Closure Considerations
Information for Local educational agencies (LEAs) to consider when making a school closure decision.

Cal OES - Power Safety Shutoff External link opens in new window or tab.
How to prepare for a shutoff.

Cal OES Facts Sheet External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Facts sheet on being prepared for shutoff from the California Office of Emergency Services.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Power Outage External link opens in new window or tab.
Information on what you need to know for when the power unexpectedly goes out.

Energy.gov - Generator Safety External link opens in new window or tab.
General safety and usage guidelines for using backup generator.

Public Safety Power Shutoff - FAQs

PG&E Safety Power Shutoff External link opens in new window or tab.
Power Shutoff to promote wildfire safety.

Ready.gov External link opens in new window or tab.
Power outage safety information.

Ready.gov - Kids External link opens in new window or tab.
Power outage safety information for kids

Options for Consideration in the Face of Wildfires and Public Safety Power Shutoff External link opens in new window or tab.
From State Water Resources Control Board via Maven's Notebook

Southern California Edison - Safety and Preparedness information for California External link opens in new window or tab.

SMUD External link opens in new window or tab.
Safety tips to react to a power shutoff during a natural disaster.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Food Safety External link opens in new window or tab.
Information on keeping food safe during an emergency.

Questions:   Lesley Taylor | EmergencyServices@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0559
Last Reviewed: Monday, November 18, 2019
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