Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)
PSPS Preparedness Checklist
- Sign up for Alerts
- Update your contact information with PG&E at the PG&E website, or call 866-743-6589.
- Plan for any medical needs - Talk with your doctor and plan for medications that need refrigeration or medical devices that require power.
- Keep a hard copy of emergency phone numbers on hand - Know who to call in an emergency. This should include at least one out-of-town contact that may be better able to reach family members in an emergency.
- Build or restock your emergency supply kit - Stock supplies to last a week - include flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies, food, water and cash. Pack a "Grab and Go" Kit for yourself, everyone in your family, and your pets!
- Plan for alternate ways to charge devices - Consider purchasing a solar-powered or hand crank charger. These chargers are good emergency tools to keep your laptop and other small electronics working in the event of a power outage. If you own a car, purchase a car phone charger because you can charge your phone if you lose power at your home.
- Plan for the needs of pets and livestock.
- Designate an emergency meeting location and identify your evacuation routes. Roads may be blocked - know 2 ways out, and plan for 2 modes of travel (car, bike, walk). Tell someone out of the area which routes you plan to use.
- Keep your car tank full - Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
- Practice manually opening your garage door. Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it. Garage doors can be heavy, so know that you may need help to lift it.
- Consider staying with a friend or relative during an outage.
- Ensure any backup generators are ready to safely operate - Generator safety tips can be found at the PG&E website.
- Business Community Members - The Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce has prepared a "Disaster Preparedness/PSPS Toolkit" - if you own or manage a local business, please check out this valuable resource.
How to Find Additional Information
- Questions regarding PSPS events and extended outages should be directed to PG&E via their website and 800-743-5002. Residents should only call 911 if experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency.
- Sign-up for PSPS Zip Code Alerts by texting ENROLL to 97633 or by calling 877-9000-PGE.
- Update contact information with PG&E at the PG&E website or by calling 866-743-6589.
- Sign up to receive safety information on the Nixle website by texting your zip code to 888-777.
- Sign up for AlertMarin notifications to receive information on immediate threats to personal safety or property, tailored to an address of your choosing.
- Watch for wireless emergency alerts if evacuations are ordered, intended to reach all cell phones in the area.
- Local Radio Stations - During the shutoff, use a battery-powered radio (or the radio in your car) to stay informed. Here are some local stations:
- AM 740
- AM 810
- FM 88.5
- FM 89.9
- FM 90.5
- FM 106.9