VALLEJO, CA – Due to the forecasted extreme weather conditions, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has announced its intention to proactively turn off power for safety, implementing a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), across portions of approximately 30 counties, including Solano County.
It is anticipated that shutoffs will begin in communities in stages, beginning as early as midnight on Wednesday, October 9 through midday on Thursday, October 10. A map of impacted areas can be found, here.
Though it is anticipated that Vallejo “may” experience a power shutoff, Vallejo is in a less impacted area. To remain proactive, the City sends the following update:
Green Valley Residents
The City of Vallejo Water Department is prepared for the PG&E Power Shutoffs.
Currently PG&E has not indicated any shutoffs within city limits, but PG&E has warned of power outages scheduled in the Lakes Water System. If power outages should occur in the Lakes Water System, the City is fully prepared with backup generators to address outages at City-owned treatment and distribution facilities, which includes pump stations and the Green Valley Water Treatment Plant. Additionally, steps have been taken to ensure that water storage facilities are filled to capacity.
Additionally, the City’s raw water supply is ensured with back-up generators provided by the State Department of Water Resources. The Water Department has back-up power at Fleming Hill Treatment Plant, Travis Air Force Base Treatment Plant, and Shadow Ridge Tank (hydropneumatic fire flow).
Today, City staff re-confirmed that Solano County Office of Emergency Services is prepared to provide the City’s Water Department with two additional generators, if needed. Agreements are also in place for the Water Department to have access to Vallejo Flood and Wastewater District’s (VFWD) generator (if they do not need it), or to alternate use with VFWD as necessary. If necessary, the Public Works Department’s emergency generator would be available. The generators scheduled to address the potential, planned outages in the Lakes Water System can also be deployed in the city limits.
As a reminder, any customer who has a privately owned booster pump would be impacted if their power goes out.
During regular business hours, customers may direct water-related questions to (707) 648-4304. For water-related afterhours emergencies only, call (707) 553-7252.
Island Energy is working with PG&E and currently does not anticipate any preventative outages on Mare Island. However, Island Energy will be monitoring the event closely.
PG&E (PSPS) Preparation
Open to the public, a Community Resource Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Solano County Fairgrounds, located at 900 Fairgrounds Drive, 94589. The Center will offer restrooms, bottled water, electronic charging station and air-conditioned seating up to 100. The Center is not an overnight shelter.
Solano County Libraries will serve as cooling stations, during normal business hours. Libraries in Vallejo are John F. Kennedy Library, located at 505 Santa Clara Street, and Springstowne Library, located at 1003 Oakwood Avenue.
Though it is anticipated that Vallejo is in a less impacted area, PG&E recommends that residents take the necessary precautions to prepare for the power shutoff and advises the following:
- For concerns regarding power outages, contact PG&E directly, through their 24-Hr Power Outage Main Line at 1-800-743-5002. Please, not to call 911 to report outages.
- Enroll to receive automated call notifications by calling 1-877-9000-PGE or sign up for text alerts, by texting “ENROLL” to 97633.
- Make sure you and your staff are also signed up for Alert Solanoto get notifications.
- Put gas in your vehicle before the shutoff.
- Charge your phone and identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.
- Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.
- Build or restock your emergency kit with water, flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
- If you own a backup generator, ensure it is ready to safely operate.
- Keep in mind family members who are elderly, younger children and pets.
- Review PG&E’s Safety Action Center at safetyactioncenter.pge.com.
Review “The Power of Being Prepared” checklist.
- For additional preparedness info, visit the Solano County website or gov/power-outages.
To read the official PG&E press release, click here. For updates from PG&E, visit their Twitter page, https://twitter.com/PGE4Me. For additional updates, visit the Solano County Emergency Service Facebook page. A map of impacted areas can be found, here.