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Public Safety Power Shutoff

A PSPS Event is currently being considered, and may affect Lake County beginning in the early morning hours of Wednesday, 10/9.  Some customers may be affected and without power for up to five days.  Please monitor the following links for the most current information:
PG&E Twitter @PGE4Me
PG&E Newsroom (RSS Available)
Lake County OES Facebook
County of Lake, California Facebook

If Lake County remains in the scope of the PSPS Event, PGE has confirmed a Community Resource Center (CRC) will open at the Clearlake Senior Center, 3245 Bowers Ave, Clearlake, at 8am Wed morning.

The CRC would be open until 6pm and continue to operate (8am-6pm) as long as needed.

It is very important that people understand these are not the same as the shelters the County and partners stand up when we experience a wildfire:

CRCs are not typical disaster shelters, and do not provide overnight lodging, for example. Basic services, such as bottled water and power strips to charge devices are expected to be available.
Here is a link to a flyer on what resources are expected to be available at CRCs.

For frequent local updates on PSPS events, follow these social media accounts:
County of Lake, California Facebook
Lake County OES Facebook
PG&E Twitter @PGE4Me

What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff?

PG&E's 3-minute video explainer
Video Transcript

During extreme weather, or other extreme fire danger conditions, California’s utility companies, including PG&E, may need to turn off power to certain areas, to reduce the risk of wildfires.  These proactive power outages are known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS):
Statewide Fact Sheet (English)
Statewide Fact Sheet (Spanish)
PG&E’s Frequently Asked Questions
PG&E, more information for Spanish speakers (English) (Spanish)

Be Aware, Get Informed

While PG&E hopes to notify affected customers 48 hours in advance of any PSPS, fire threats and other extreme conditions can quickly change, and actual notice may be significantly less than 48 hours.

If PG&E and public officials do not have your current contact information, we may not be able to reach you.  We must be able to effectively alert you in any PSPS or disaster.  Sign up today!
Sign up for LakeCoAlerts
Sign up for Nixle 360 Alerts & Advisories
Update your PG&E Contact Information

Be Prepared

Preparedness is particularly important for those with medical and other special needs.
Planning for Those with Electricity-Dependent Medical Needs
Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Safety for Individuals with Disabilities

Please Prepare Now.  Plan for your safety, and the safety of your loved ones.  Encourage and help your neighbors to prepare, as well.

PG&E Safety Action Center
Preparedness resources are available in PG&E’s Safety Action Center:

PG&E Weather Preparedness
Is a PSPS likely to occur in the next week?  

PG&E publishes forecasting data daily, including any areas under consideration for a proactive power shutoff:

PG&E defines PSPS probabilities using the following categories:

Not Expected – Conditions that generally warrant a PSPS event are not expected at this time.

Elevated – An upcoming event (a period of gusty winds, dry conditions, heightened risk) is being monitored for an increased potential of a PSPS event.

PSPS Watch – The company Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated for a reasonable chance of executing PSPS for public safety in a given geographic zone due to a combination of adverse weather and dry fuel conditions. A PSPS watch is typically only issued within 72 hours before the anticipated start of an event.

PSPS Warning – The company Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated and customers in areas being considered for PSPS have been or are being notified. This level indicates execution of PSPS is probable given the latest forecast of weather and fuels and/or observed conditions. PSPS is typically executed in smaller and more targeted areas than the PG&E Geographic Zones. This level does not guarantee a PSPS execution as conditions and forecasts may change.

Lake County residents are encouraged to Be Prepared for potential Public Safety Power Shutoff events this Fall.
Statewide Power of Being Prepared Campaign

Have a family emergency plan:
FEMA Family Emergency Plan (English)
Further FEMA planning tools, additional languages