Occasionally, PG&E may find it necessary to shut down electrical grids that may be affected by strong winds or other environmental factors, such as extra dry or hot weather. These high-risk factors for fires and outages during summer and fall heatwaves are the basis for what PG&E calls a “Public Safety Power Shutoff,” or “PSPS” for short.
Customers in certain areas of California are more likely than others to have their power shutoff; however, anyone could be affected at any time at the discretion of PG&E. This is because their energy systems rely on the electric grid working across many cities, counties, and regions, and if any pieces fail, it would disrupt the energy for more people, for a greater length of time.
Outages typically last from a few hours to a few days, depending on the severity of environmental danger at hand.
The best thing to do before PG&E expects to shut off power is to prepare a safety plan for you and your family. It is wise to plan to not have electricity for a few days, as a worst case scenario, and prepare accordingly.
Prepare Your Family With A Plan
• Create a safety plan that can be implemented any time of day or night.
• Prepare an emergency supply kit with food, water, and nonperishable food to last one week.
• Keep mobile phones and other devices charged.
• Have flashlights available.
• Stock up on batteries.
• Keep cash on hand and a full tank of gas.
Keep Your Life Running with Energy On-Demand
Whether you have solar or not, energy storage solutions can capture and store energy from the sun, to be used as a backup for your house during an energy grid shutoff, or, to be used supplementally throughout each day to maximize your savings.
More efficient and quieter than standard generators, our energy storage devices are nonobtrusive additions to your home, and provide the extra energy support you need.
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