Update from Kate - Preparing for Likely County-Wide Power Shutoff This Weekend

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Marin County Projected to be Widely Impacted by High Winds and PG&E Power Shutoff This Weekend

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Encourage Neighbors and Friends to Sign Up for Alerts and Take Precautions Related to Fire Preparedness and Power Shutoffs


Due to hot, dry conditions and a forecasted major wind event Saturday evening through Monday mid-day, PG&E is anticipating there will be a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in virtually all of Marin County with loss of power for at least 24 hours. Outages may start as early as noon on Saturday (10/26) and PG&E has advised customers to prepare to be without power for several days - perhaps 5 or more. There is also a high tide around 11:30am Monday and the National Weather Service anticipates some level of storm surge in the bay.

Your safety matters most and I encourage everyone to sign up for alerts and seek the most current information from the following resources:

  • County of Marin emergency website: marincounty.org/emergency. This will be updated as new information comes in, including a list of County and City/Town resource centers for cell phone charging stations, access to clean water, etc.
  • Nixle text message alerts from local agencies including Sheriff, police departments, etc:
    • Text your zip code to 888-777
    • Sign up online at nixle.com
    • You can sign up with multiple zip codes if you want alerts for other locations (e.g. work, school, extended family, etc.)
  • Marin County Sheriff's social media accounts:
    • Facebook: @MarinCountySheriff
    • Twitter: @MarinSheriff
    • NextDoor
  • AlertMarin notifications for immediate threats to personal safety or property:
    • Tailor alerts to an address of your choosing by signing up online
    • You can sign up with multiple addresses if you want alerts for other locations (e.g. work, school, extended family, etc.)
  • PG&E resources:
    • See if your address will be impacted by visiting psps.ss.pge.com
    • For general information about PSPS events, visit pge.com/pspsupdates
    • To get zip code alerts from PG&E, log into your account online to make sure your contact information is up-to-date - or text ENROLL to 97633, or call 1-877-9000-PGE
    • Twitter: @PGE4Me
    • If you are not a PG&E account holder, go to this page of their website to sign up for notifications
  • Non-emergency information and referrals can be found through 211 Bay Area:
    • Dial 2-1-1 on your phone
    • Text MARINSHUTOFF to 898-211 (en espanol: MARINAPAGON)

A PSPS outage in your hometown could impact access to electricity for life-critical medical devices, your commute to work, access to food and water, and/or result in other family considerations (e.g., closure of childcare centers or schools). 

In the meantime, prepare at home. Resources are available at ReadyMarin.org and Prepareforpowerdown.com. For those with access and functional needs, you can find additional resources on Marin County Health & Human Services’ Preparing for Extended Outages webpage or Ready.gov’s Access and Functional Needs webpage.

At minimum, to prepare for a PSPS outage at home: