How will Public Safety Power Shutoff Affect my Disaster Preparedness?

As a PG&E customer, your electricity may be shut off if extreme fire danger conditions threaten a portion of the electric system serving your community. PG&E is implementing this precautionary measure, called a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), to help reduce the risk of wildfires.

Extreme weather can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. Therefore PG&E recommends being prepared for outages that could last longer than 48 hours. What does this mean for you and your disaster plan?

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Ridgecrest Earthquake Payout Map

The 7.1 Ridgecrest earthquake (ci38457511) on July 5 and its 6.4 foreshock on July 4 (ci38443183) were the first payout-triggering events to take place since Jumpstart’s October 2018 launch. With a relatively low population (about 1/10 of 1% of California’s population) in the affected area, none of our existing customers were located in the payout zone.

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Magnitude 7.1 Ridgecrest earthquake

UPDATE July 6: It’s been a long, scary night with hundreds of aftershocks. We stand in solidarity with our fellow Californians whose lives are affected by this earthquake. We are so relieved to hear initial reports of no deaths and no building collapses.

All of us at Jumpstart send wishes of continued safety for residents and responders.

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