Red Flag Warning - Power Outages

Date Posted: October 8th, 2019 @ 6:07 PM
Last Updated: October 9th, 2019 @ 4:21 PM

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Due to conditions that lead to wildfire risk PG&E confirmed they will turn off power after midnight. PG&E has released what regions and cities could be impacted, including the Oakland hills.

We realize this is concerning to many of our constituents and we are working closely with the City, PG&E, and the Oakland Fire Department to ensure Oakland residents are safe and prepared. Today the City announced that we will be activating the Emergency Operations Center. We will also be closing access to Joaquin Miller Park to ensure fire risks are mitigated, increasing fire department patrols in high risk areas, and deploying additional police officers to manage traffic at unpowered stoplights.

Please visit https://www.ousd.org/ to get updates pertaining to Oakland schools impacted by the power outage.

During this time we are asking you only call 911 in emergency situations, call 311 for any situation pertaining to city maintenance such as a fallen tree, and call 211 if you or your neighbors need non emergency assistance such as food and support.

PG&E will be opening an emergency resource center at Merritt College on Leona Street.

Here are some tips to be prepared:

  • Subscribe to ACAlert.org for alerts and updates via text message, phone calls, or email.
  • Confirm or update your contact information with PG&E. PG&E will send notifications to the contacts on file in advance of a shutoff, when possible.
  • 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.
  • 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 and by PG&E at prepareforpowerdown.com.
  • 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.

We encourage you to reach out to our office, the Fire Department, or the City Administrator's office if you have any questions. Our office will continue sending out updates as they come in.

Be safe!