Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)
The 2-1-1 California Network has partnered with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) to provide emergency preparedness support for customers during Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). 2-1-1 will connect customers to local community-based organizations who provide assistance with transportation and shelter needs, portable backup power, home meal delivery, food replacement, bill assistance programs, and support for those who may have physical, intellectual or developmental disabilities.
What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff?
California, Oregon, Washington, and other western states continue to experience an increase in wildfire risk and a longer wildfire season. The combination of dry conditions and high winds can cause trees and debris to contact energized lines, damage equipment and cause a wildfire. PG&E may need to turn off power during severe weather to help prevent wildfires. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). As each weather situation is unique, PG&E carefully reviews a combination of factors when deciding if power must be turned off. These factors include:
Low humidity levels
Low humidity levels generally 30% and below
Forecasted high winds above 20 mph and gusts above 30-40 mph
Condition of dry material on the ground and vegetation near lines
Red Flag Warning
A Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service
On-the-ground, real-time observations
PG&E’s decision-making process is evolving to also account for the presence of trees tall enough to strike power lines when determining if a PSPS is necessary.