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Humboldt County Office of Education: PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Information

PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff Information

NOTICE: There are NO planned outages the week of Oct. 14

(Updated 10/14/19 1:23 p.m.)

The Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services (OES) has received reports that residents have been receiving notices of planned shutoffs between Oct. 16 and Oct. 19. These letters are fake. There are currently no scheduled Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

This page is a resource for parents and school administrators regarding PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) protocol.

When the situation warrants, updates and school closure information will be posted here.

At this time, there are NO scheduled Public Safety Powershutoffs in the near future.

Tips from Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services (OES)
  • Sign up for Humboldt ALERT at humboldtgov.org/alerts to receive safety information and be informed of imminent threats to personal safety or property, tailored to an address of your choosing.
  • To receive updated information from PG&E, update your contact information at prepareforpowerdown.com.
  • 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.
  • Many medications are still usable for two to three days at room temperature, including insulin, which can keep for 28 to 30 days. However, if you are in doubt, please be sure to check with your medical provider.
  • Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
  • Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.
  • Know how to manually open electric garage doors and gates.
How You Can Prepare
Here are some tips from PrepareForPowerDown.com on how you can prepare for power shutoffs, or any other emergency:

  • Have a personal safety plan in place for every member of your household (including pets).
  • Plan for any medical needs like medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power.
  • Build or restock your emergency supply kit, including food, water, flashlights, a radio, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones.
  • Learn how to manually open your garage door.
  • If you own a backup generator, ensure it is ready to safely operate.
  • To learn more ways to prepare, download their fact sheet.
School Closure Information
The decision to close a school rests in with the district. As of 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, the following schools/districts have planned to close for at least Wednesday, Oct. 9:

  • Big Lagoon School District
  • Fortuna Elementary School District
  • Fuente Nueva Charter School
  • McKinleyville Union School District (if power is out)
  • Southern Humboldt Unified School Distict
  • Trinidad Union Elementary (if power is out)
  • Trinity Valley Elemenatary School
    (All other Klamath-Trinity schools have generators and plan to remain open)

Parents and community members who wish to inquire about closures not listed here should contact the school or district directly.

A list of school websites can be found here, and you can download a PDF that includes phone numbers here.

Schools and districts that make the decision to close should notify Taylin Titus in the JPA Office immediately at (707) 445-7067. Parents and community, please do not use this number to get information. Doing so may only hinder schools’ ability to communicate with HCOE.

Resources

PrepareForPowerdown.com
Contains suggestions for preparing for PSPS; sign up for alerts from PG&E

Power Shutoff Fact Sheet (PDF)
Two-page PDF containing condensed version of information from PrepareForPowerDown

Humboldt ALERT
Humboldt County Emergency Alert System
(Register to receive automated updates)

PG&E PSPS Event Status & Info
Official PG&E page regarding PSPS Status

PG&E PSPS Outage Maps
Shows current and potential impact areas

PSPS Updates from PG&E
Provides update information DURING AN EVENT

PG&E Alerts
Sign up to be notified of important updates from PG&E