Normal Power Outages
Power outages can occur due to rolling blackouts, extreme weather conditions, or can accompany other disasters such as earthquakes and fires. In certain cases, local first responders can even request that the power be turned off to make it safe for responders in the area to work on an incident. If there is no power in your neighborhood:
- Turn off and unplug appliances and computers. Leave one light on to indicate when power has been restored.
- Avoid using candles, as they are fire hazards.
- Do not use a gas stove for heating or operate generators indoors (including the garage.) Both could cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
- If a traffic signal is not working, treat it as a stop sign.
PG&E: (800) 743-5000 or www.pge.com
Public Safety Power Shutoff
A slightly newer concept is the Public Safety Power Shutoff. This is an intentional shutoff of certain sections of the power grid to try to mitigate the impacts that lines could have during an incident. Since this program is fairly new there are many preparedness resources available to you:
You can look up the areas that have been designated as High Fire Threat Areas. These are areas where power companies may want to control whether the lines are active to help prevent wildland fires:
You can sign up for alerts from your power company AND Yolo County by clicking on either of the icons below. While we try to always send the notifications for a Public Safety Power Shutoff though multiple systems, if never hurts to sign up for both!
Since a Public Safety Power Shutoff may affect areas not within the high fire threat maps, it is always good to prepare for a power outage at anytime. You can visit https://prepareforpowerdown.com to view a lot of good information about the Public Safety Power Shutoff program and be ready!
You can use the map below to view Public Safety Power Shut-off areas in Yolo County. During a PSPS event, the map is updated with active areas. When there are no active events, historical data of past outage areas is displayed for public knowledge.