City of Lafayette, CA

11/18/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/18/2019 15:00

PG&E PSPS Power Outage Planned for Lafayette on Wednesday, Nov. 20 (Updated 11:55 PST 18 Nov 2019)

The City of Lafayette has been notified by PG&E that the utility will be conducting a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, affecting areas of Moraga, Orinda, and Lafayette in response to weather conditions that are forecast in the East Bay on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. If there are no changes to the weather forecast, PG&E will begin de-energizing power lines on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. Once the weather event has passed, PG&E will inspect and re-energize the power lines. This will affect approximately 7,467 PG&E customers in Lafayette (18,584 in Lamorinda).

What this means is that electrical power could be shut off as early as Wednesday, November 20, at 9:00 a.m. (09:00 PST 20 Nov 2019), and will be off until at least Thursday morning, November 21.

Here are some tips to help prepare:

  • Plan for your family and pet medical needs. Do you have enough prescription meds? If you have major medical needs that depend upon electricity, is it safer for you to relocate to a friend's or family member's home out of the area?
  • Have an emergency supply kit with food and water.
  • Flashlights? Extra batteries?
  • Keep all of your mobile devices charged.
  • Identify backup charging methods.
  • Store water and non-perishable foods.
  • If you have a generator, do you have extra fuel?
  • Keep vehicle fuel tanks full.
  • Remember, gas stations, stores and ATMs in the immediate area will be closed.
  • Know how to use the manual release on your garage door.
  • Talk with your neighbors and friends and share your plans.

During the outage:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
  • Monitor freezer and refrigerator temperatures with a thermometer.
  • Use perishable food supplies first.
  • Use generators, stoves and grills outdoors away from windows.
  • Disconnect electronics and appliances to avoid damage from electrical surges.
  • Check on neighbors, animals and family.
  • Drive safely and slowly as traffic signals may not be functioning properly.

Lafayette Police will be increasing patrols and are working with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and other public safety agencies to ensure our community remains safe. All the agencies are collaborating to ensure accurate and timely information is provided to all Lamorinda residents.

More information about the PSPS can be found at PG&E's webpage (https://www.pge.com). Other important resources can be found on the City's PSPS Preparation webpage (http://bit.ly/LafayettePSPS). Updates will be posted to the City's website (https://www.lovelafayette.org/), social media sites, Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lovelafayette/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/lovelafayette), and Nextdoor, as well as sent out as e-notifications (https://www.lovelafayette.org/city-hall/e-notification).

(Updated 11:55 PST 18 Nov 2019)