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Thursday, September 5, 2019 - City Council Presentation. The City Council will review the City's plans and preparations for the Public Safety Power Shutoff at their City Council meeting. More information will be posted here closer to the date of the meeting.
What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff?
If extreme fire danger conditions threaten a portion of the electric system serving the Mill Valley community, it may be necessary for PG&E to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff or PSPS.
Will my area be impacted?
Because the electric system is so connected, Mill Valley could experience a Power Shutoff even if there is not a high fire risk in our immediate area. View the interactive CPUC Fire map.
If we have an extended power outage, community members should expect:
How will we be notified?
PG&E says its goal is to provide customers with 48-hour notice of a planned shutoff and follow up that notice with updates.
But its strategy will require significant planning by residents and local business owners, says Mill Valley Fire Department Chief Tom Welch.
How long will the shutoffs last?
“Bad weather could be a 12 to 48-hour window, and it may take PG&E 2-3 days to get the power back on in some cases,” Welch says. “It is important that you, your family, and your business has a good plan."
How can we prepare?
The City of Mill Valley is working hard to make sure our systems and staff are prepared for a Power Shutoff. We ask that you do the same for yourself, your family, your business, and your neighborhood.
“We want you to think about what no power for seven days means for your family and business and, most importantly, what can you do now to mitigate those issues you anticipate happening,” Welch adds.
Here is your preparedness checklist:
Where do I learn more?
On June 26, 2019, Mill Valley City Council members and Staff received a presentation on PSPS from PG&E representatives. Download the presentation here.
On June 17, 2019, Mill Valley Fire Department held a workshop for Mill Valley Business owners to prepare for the PSPS. Download the presentation here.