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Update: Extreme Fire Danger, Red-Flag Conditions, & Anticipated PG&E Power Shut-off

 
 
 

Update: Extreme Fire Danger, Red-Flag Conditions, & Anticipated PG&E Power Shut-off

 

 

As you may already know, PG&E has announced that due to forecasted strong, dry, gusty winds and extreme fire danger conditions, it plans to proactively turn off electric power and implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). PG&E has notified Alameda County that the anticipated power shutoff will begin at approximately 12 noon, Wednesday, October 9th.

 

The decision to turn off power, and the speed at which it is restored, is planned and managed solely by PG&E, which is regulated by the CA Public Utilities Commission. The City of Oakland is ready to respond to high fire danger conditions and the effects of the power shutoff. Oakland's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has already been activated. 

 

PG&E is providing information on their websites at pge.com and https://www.safetyactioncenter.pge.com and https://www.pge.com/pspsupdates

 

PG&E to Open Community Resource Center at Merritt College

 

PG&E will open a total of 28 Community Resource Centers in the counties being affected by the shutdown beginning on Wednesday, October 9, at 8 a.m. The centers will remain open during daylight hours only. Restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and air-conditioned seating will be available at the facilities. The resource center for Alameda County is at Merritt College in Oakland, located at 12500 Campus Dr., Oakland, CA 94619

 

City Facility Closures & Restrictions

 

City buildings and programs will be open unless specifically noted below. As the power shutoff begins tomorrow, City staff will assess the impacts and make any changes necessary to protect the public's safety.

 

Park Closures

Joaquin Miller Park is closed to the public on all Red Flag days. Signs will be posted at all park entrances and trails regarding the closure.

 

Recreation Center Closures

The following facilities will be closed until facility power is restored and the Red Flag Waring is lifted:   

·     Dimond Recreation Center & Lions Pool     ·      East Oakland Sports Center

·     Redwood Heights Recreation Center          ·      Sheffield Village Recreation Center

·     Montclair Recreation Center                      ·      Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate

·     Joaquin Miller Community Center              ·      Leona Lodge     ·    Sequoia Lodge

 

Key Phone Numbers for Assistance

 

·       Only call 911 for life-threatening emergency situations requiring immediate attention

·       Call 311 (SeeClickFix) for City maintenance issues such as a fallen tree or blocked street

·       Call 211 for critical information regarding emergency shelters, disaster relief services, assistance with temporary housing, and other basic social needs.

 

PG&E Map of Potential Impact Area

 

The City of Oakland developed a map showing a worst-case scenario view of projected impacted facilities and areas in Oakland. This map is based on the GIS shapefile developed by PG&E on the morning of October 7; as PG&E releases updated information, we will continue to update this map.

 

City of Oakland Preparations:

In addition to the Oakland Fire Department’s normal operations, firefighters will conduct roving fire patrols in the Oakland Hills. These resources will augment the department’s normal hill company patrols that are out during high fire danger periods. Additionally, the State of California Office of Emergency Services is pre-positioning fire suppression resources in Oakland and the region.

During the PG&E power shutoff, the Oakland Police Department (OPD) will deploy additional neighborhood patrols in the areas of the power outages, as well as provide traffic safety control at key intersections where signals are out. 

Since this is a regional event, the City team is coordinating with the Alameda County Office of Emergency Services, neighboring cities, the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure fluid communication and coordinated response. The affected cities and counties are receiving regular updates from PG&E regarding their plans to de-energize the electrical system and restore power once the severe weather conditions subside.

Prepare Your Household

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Create a safety plan for all members of your family, including pets. A Public Safety Power Shutoff can happen at any time of day or night, due to changing weather conditions. Prepare an emergency supply kit. Include enough water, non-perishable food, toiletries, and medicine to last your household—including pets—for one week. Be sure to refresh your kit once a year.  

Determine if your landline will work during an outage. Keep a mobile phone as backup. Keep mobile phones and other devices charged.

Keep your gas tank full and cash on hand; during power shutoffs, gas pumps and ATMs won’t work.

If you have a generator, make sure it's ready to operate safely. Diesel generators are discouraged.

Have flashlights available for your household. Avoid using candles.

Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out. For individuals dependent on electricity for a medical device, please review the checklist provided by the Pacific ADA Center.

If you have a driveway, use it. Keep narrow roads clear for emergency vehicles and evacuations.

 

Updated Forecast:  Red-Flag Warning & Wind Advisory

 

The National Weather Service issued a Red-Flag Warning for the East Bay hills and interior valleys from 5:00 AM Wednesday through 5:00 PM Thursday. Northerly winds will increase through the night and continue to be strong and gusty through at least Thursday morning. North to northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 45 to 55 mph are likely. Locally higher gusts of 65 mph are possible on the highest ridges and peaks. These strong winds will create critical fire weather conditions and the potential for downed trees and power lines.

 

For additional information about the City’s efforts to prepare for anticipated power shutoffs and preparedness tips, visit: https://bit.ly/2OxNI2W.

 

East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) has staged generators at critical facilities in preparation for this PSPS occurrence. EBMUD strike teams are mobilizing now to maintain continuous operations during this period. Our customers can use the map of affected areas at www.ebmud.com/psps2019 to determine if they will be impacted by the shutoff. We are asking customers in the affected areas to conserve water by reducing indoor water use and shutting off outdoor irrigation. We will also provide up-to-date information on ebmud.com.  

 

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Oakland, CA
 

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To help officers and firefighters respond to the anticipated PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff and extreme fire danger in the hills, we need you to take steps to make our streets passable for first responders. 

Here are few things you can do to help with public safety:

1.       Do NOT park in the following areas:

a.       at red curbs

b.      posted tow-away zones

c.       posted no parking areas

d.      within 15 feet of fire hydrants

e.      within 15 feet fire station driveways

f.        and do NOT double-park

 

2.       If you see that signals are out, please treat all intersections as ALL-Way STOPS.

To report any dangerous conditions (not an emergency), you can contact the 311 Customer Service line at 510-981-2489

 

If you have an emergency, you should dial 911.


Oakland Prepares for Extreme Fire Danger, Red Flag Conditions, and Anticipated PG&E Power Shutoff

News from: City of Oakland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 8, 2019

City of Oakland Prepares for Extreme Fire Danger, Red Flag Conditions, and Anticipated PG&E Power Shutoff

  • Public Advised of Extreme Fire Danger Due to High Winds and Low Humidity
  • PG&E Power Shutdown Anticipated 
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  • Emergency Tips to Keep You Safe

Oakland, CA – Oakland Fire Department officials today warned of severe fire danger and urged the public to be prepared. Extreme weather conditions are forecast starting late tonight through mid-day Thursday. Strong, dry, gusty winds and low humidity will elevate the risk of fire and may result in PG&E shutting off power in the Oakland hills and potentially throughout the city.

“We are anticipating the strongest winds we have seen all season, akin to the wind conditions during the 2017 North Bay fires,” said Oakland Fire Chief Darin White. “Although the threat is greatest in the hills, a rapidly spreading wildfire could have widespread impact across the city. We are urging residents to be prepared, and to use extreme caution over the next few days.”

Red Flag Warning & Wind Advisory

This morning the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for the East Bay hills and interior valleys, North Bay mountains and interior valleys and Diablo Range from 5 am Wednesday through 5 pm Thursday.  They also issued a Wind Advisory for the East Bay Hills and North Bay mountains from 6 am Wednesday through 3 pm Thursday. The National Weather Service predicts that: “Northerly winds will increase by late Tuesday night and continue to be strong and gusty through at least Thursday morning. North to northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts of 45 to 55 mph are likely. Locally higher gusts are possible on the highest ridges and peaks. These strong winds will create critical fire weather conditions. Strongest winds expected from Wednesday evening through mid-morning Thursday. Warm and dry conditions will continue into Friday, but winds are not expected to be a factor after Thursday.”



Potential PG&E Power Shutoff 

Yesterday, PG&E announced that due to the fire risk posed by these extreme weather conditions, it is considering proactively turning off power and implementing a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) across 29 Northern California counties, including Alameda County. PG&E estimates that about 35,000 Alameda County customers could be impacted, potentially affecting 105,000 people. Across Northern California, PG&E estimates about 600,000 customers to be affected, or 1.8 million people.

If weather predictions hold, PG&E would shut down power in the East Bay Hills and potentially throughout Oakland starting at midnight tonight. Although the main period of risk is early Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon, because of the widespread nature of the shutoff and the potential damage to the system from high winds, the power shutoff could last for up to five days, although most customers will likely be restored much sooner than that. PG&E will restore power once it has inspected the lines for safety and made any necessary repairs, which could account for the delay in re-energizing the lines.

PG&E began to send out public notifications yesterday to their opt-in customers and they are providing information on their website and through media releases at pge.com.

While customers in high fire-threat areas like the East Bay Hills are more likely to be affected, any of PG&E’s more than 5 million electric customers could have their power shut off. This is because the energy system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.

The City of Oakland is ready to respond to high fire danger and the effects of the power shutoff. However, the decision to turn off power and the speed at which it is restored is planned and managed solely by PG&E.

What is the City Doing to Prepare?

At 12 noon today, the City will activate its Emergency Operations Center to optimize coordination of City operations and resources.

In addition to the Oakland Fire Department’s normal operations, firefighters will conduct roving fire patrols in the Oakland Hills. These resources will augment the department’s normal hill company patrols that are out during high fire danger. Additionally, the State of California Office of Emergency Services is pre-positioning fire suppression resources in Oakland and the region.

In the event of a PG&E power shutoff, the Oakland Police Department will deploy additional neighborhood patrols and provide traffic safety support at key intersections where signals are out.

Since this is a regional event, the City team is coordinating with the Alameda County Office of Emergency Services, neighboring cities, the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure fluid communication and coordinated response. The affected cities and counties are receiving regular updates from PG&E regarding their plans to de-energize the electrical system and restore power once the severe weather conditions subside.

Help Reduce the Chance of Wildfire in Oakland

  • In accordance with Oakland Municipal Code, Joaquin Miller Park is closed to the public on Red Flag days. Signs will be posted at all park entrances and trails regarding the closure.
  • Other parks, trails, and recreational facilities may also be closed to visitors due to the high risk of fire.
  • Barbeques are prohibited in all City parks when there is a Red Flag warning in effect.
  • The Oakland Fire Department urges extreme caution, because a simple spark can cause a major wildfire.

HOW TO PREPARE

 

  • Create a safety plan for all members of your family, including pets. A Public Safety Power Shutoff can happen at any time of day or night, due to changing weather conditions.
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit. Include enough water, non-perishable food, toiletries, and medicine to last your household—including pets—for one week. Be sure to refresh your kit once a year.
  • Determine if your landline will work during an outage. Keep a mobile phone as backup.
  • Keep mobile phones and other devices charged.
  • Keep your gas tank full and cash on hand; during power shutoffs, gas pumps and ATMs won’t work.
  • Have flashlights available for your household. Avoid using candles.
  • Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • If you have a driveway, use it. Keep narrow roads clear for emergency vehicles and evacuations.
  • Create a plan– Develop an evacuation plan and identify a safe meeting place away from the home in the event you become separated. Clearly identify safe routes out of the home in case the primary exit is unavailable.

 

AFTER A POWER SHUTOFF

 

  • Use coolers with ice to keep food cold and safe. Typically, your refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep its temperature for about 48 hours--as long as the freezer and refrigerator doors are kept closed.

 

  • Unplug or turn off appliances, equipment, and electronics to avoid damage caused by surges when the power is restored.

 

  • Leave a single lamp on to alert you when the power returns. Then, turn your appliances on, one at a time.

 

  • Use generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills outdoors only. Do not use a gas stove for heat.

 

 

 

On Monday, October 7, 2019, 07:42:27 PM PDT, Lisa Jacobs via OpenForum <openforum@northhillscommunity.org> wrote:


Oakland City Administrator Sabrina Landreth shared the following message with us today:

The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch and is anticipated to issue a red flag warning later today due to extreme fire danger and a major wind event forecast to develop over the next 36 hours. PG&E has reached out to the Operational Areas including Alameda County to alert of the high possibility of a Public Safety Power Shutoff event as early as WED, October 9 in the early morning hours.

The Fire Department’s Emergency Management Services Division is in coordination with PG&E and Alameda County.

 At present what we know:

·        29 counties to be affected, including portions of Alameda County

·        Overall customer impact: 600,000 residents and or businesses regionwide affecting about 1.8 million people

·        Alameda County customers include an estimated 35,000 homes/businesses, or 105,000 people, with nearly 1,000 of those customers identified as medical baseline customers

·        21 Customer Resource Centers (CRC) are tentatively anticipated to be set up by PG&E across the various counties that have been alerted

·        5 day estimate for full restoration (this would be a rolling five days, most customers are assumed to be restored much sooner than that)

·        PG&E has begun to send out their public notifications this morning at 11:30am for their opt-in customers and they are providing information on their website: Public Safety Power Shutoff Event




Our public safety teams and first responders, including Fire, Emergency Management, Police, Transportation, Public Works, and Public Information staff are working hard to coordinate our operational plans consistent with Alameda County efforts. We will continue to provide you with updates as more information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Sabrina Landreth

City Administrator


Power safety shutoffs - info from EBMUD

Dear all,

We received the following message from East Bay MUD about water supply during a potential power safety shutoff:

As you may have heard, PG&E has announced plans to conduct a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in 34 counties including Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The PSPS is expected to begin on Wednesday, October 9, and may last for up to five days, depending on how long it takes to restore power. 

Given the breadth of the outage and the information available to-date, the District has activated its Emergency Operations Team. Information about the potential outage is being reported on the news and PG&E has issued its own press release.

EBMUD has staged generators at critical facilities in preparation for a PSPS event. EBMUD strike teams are mobilizing now to maintain continuous operations during this period. Our customers can use the map of affected areas at www.ebmud.com/psps2019 to determine if they will be impacted by the shutoff. We are asking customers in the affected areas to conserve water by reducing indoor water use and shutting off outdoor irrigation. We will also provide up-to-date information on ebmud.com and follow us @ebmud on Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor. 





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