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Posted on: October 26, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Potential Power Shutoff Expected for Saturday, October 26

Public Safety Power Shutoff

The Town has been asked to share the following important announcement from Marin County Office of Emergency Services:  99% of Marin County to now be affected by PG&E Power Shutoff starting around 4pm

Please see Nixle Alert from the Marin County Sheriff's Office, and please share this information with others:

Text of Alert:

99% of Marin County to now be affected by PG&E Power Shutoff starting around 4pm

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has notified the County that it will implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in Marin County.  The PSPS is confirmed in response to a strong wind event coupled with extreme fire conditions. The extended outage will begin as early as 4:00p.m. on Saturday, October 26, depending on weather patterns. The outage will continue through the duration of the weather event. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning and High Wind Warning for the North Bay region, which will remain in place until Monday evening.  The duration of the shutoff is unknown and will be determined by PG&E. Though the weather event will end Monday, power restoration could take several days. Residents should be prepared to be without power for up to 5 days.

PG&E increased its estimate to 118,535  metered locations within Marin will be impacted by the extended outage. It is approximately 99% of the County. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services has activated it’s Emergency Operations Center and is coordinating with other agencies within Marin.

Who to call for information:

Call 2-1-1 for non-emergency calls, including questions about medical devices, community resource center and charging center locations, and referrals to other social services.  2-1-1 should be your primary contact number. In addition, residents can text MARINSHUTOFF to 898-211 (or MARINAPAGON to 898-211 for Spanish speaking residents) to receive helpful information.

Only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a medical emergency (e.g., severe bleeding, chest pain, etc.), or to report a downed power line or tree which could create a public hazard.

All questions regarding PSPS events and extended outages should be directed to PG&E via their website and 1-800-743-5000. Residents and businesses can access updated PSPS information from PG&E online at and verify impacted addresses at

Prepare for Outage Now:

Take inventory of available supplies such as non-perishable food, water, and flashlight batteries.

Have some cash available in case retail point-of-sale devices are unable to accept credit cards during an outage.

Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged.

Know how to manually open electric garage doors and gates.

Identify several evacuation routes for your location in case roads are blocked. Tell someone out of the area which routes you plan to use.

Keep vehicles fueled and ready in case of an evacuation.

Make a list of what you’ll want to take with you if you leave your home quickly. Consider the Five P’s of Evacuation: People/Pets; Prescriptions; Papers; Personal Needs; Priceless Items.

Residents who depend on electrically powered life sustaining equipment should follow these steps:

Call their emergency contact for support and assistance. Consider relocating to a non-affected area.

Call their durable medical equipment provider for additional supplies and resources.

Call their healthcare provider for medical guidance.

Call 2-1-1 for general information and resources.

Call 9-1-1 if experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency.

For more information, including what to do during a power outage, visit and

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