Based on certain conditions, which include Red Flag Warnings, winds, low humidity, fuel loads, and observable conditions, power de-energization may occur anywhere in Sonoma County. Power could be out for a number of days depending on conditions.
Print this list and keep it handy in case the power is turned off. Remember, the conditions that cause PG&E to turn off the power also mean we have a high risk of wildfire during this time.
For information about wildfire preparedness and Red Flag Warnings, see Wildfire Readiness.
Prepare for possible loss of power:
Here are 8 things you can do ahead of time to get ready for the potential loss of power:
- Make sure PG&E has your current contact information. Update your contact information with PG&E online or call (866) 743-6589. If you have lifesaving medical equipment:
- Verify PG&E has you registered with their Medical Baseline Allowance program,
- Plan to have back-up power sources for all critical medical needs (including refrigerated lifesaving medications), and
- Have pre-established connections with nearby family or neighbors to assist if needed.
- Have a back-up charging system for cell phones and keep devices fully charged at all times.
- Consider alternate power generation choices for your home or critical business systems. Be sure to follow all safety instructions for stand-alone power generators. See Portable Generator Safety Tips for more information.
- Identify a place you can go to cool off, if necessary.
- Keep some cash on hand (credit/debit stations, and ATMs may be without power).
- Check and update your emergency kit and supplies (include hard copies of critical information and life-saving prescriptions).
- Learn more about Public Safety Power Shutoffs in your area and work with your neighbors to make sure everyone is ready.
- Stay informed during disasters and sign up for SoCoAlerts.
If PG&E has warned of a power shutdown:
If PG&E is planning to turn off your electricity within the next 48 hours, here are some important things to do now:
- Make sure cell phones and back-up batteries are fully charged. Check your battery-operated radio and flashlights.
- Fill up your car with gas and leave it out of the garage. (You should also learn how to manually open the garage door!)
- Place your go bag or emergency kit in the car so if you’ll be ready if you need to leave in a hurry.
- Fill some water bottles (3/4 full only) and place them in the freezer to help keep things cool (remember, if you leave the doors of the refrigerator closed it will remain cool for many hours).
- Make sure you have cash.
- Check with PG&E for information about their plans and if they are going to open a community resource center.
- Check with your local government for cooling centers that may be available.
- Contact your neighbors who may need help and help them get ready.
If your power is out:
- Check to see which of your information sources are working (NOAA Radio, Internet news sites, alert and warning apps).
- SoCoAlerts will send messages if evacuations are ordered. If you are in a high-risk wildfire area, stay alert – warning devices may not work without power.
- Use your cell phone sparingly to preserve power. Text when possible, in lieu of voice calls. Keep family up to date about how you are doing.
- Keep hydrated and seek out cooling centers if needed.
- Try to keep your refrigerator doors closed. Use the most perishable items first. Items which fully thaw (above 40 degrees) must be used within 4 hours or thrown out.
- If you have a generator, be sure to follow safety instructions and use only as needed to save fuel. Always allow the generator to cool completely before refueling.
- If you have relatives or friends in other areas that still have power, take this opportunity to visit them.
- Check on your neighbors and help each other stay safe.