PG&E and other energy companies have created the Public Safety Power Shutoff or PSPS as a way to reduce the risk of wild fires. This means they will turn off power in certain areas during times of extreme fire danger.
A Power Shutoff could occur anytime. PG&E has put in place a system to inform and alert customers as soon as they have determined that a PSPS needs to occur. A PSPS could last as little as a few hours to as long as days.
Mariposa County 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. Our Departments and Office of Emergency Services staff are preparing for a potential power shutoff. We are evaluating where we might be vulnerable as county government offices, infrastructure, and community members. And we’re identifying populations and partners that may need additional education and assistance in the event of an extended power shutoff event.
Don’t wait for a power shutoff to happen. Get prepared NOW. Help your neighbors and friends–particularly those with medical needs that require electricity–get prepared, too.