Most folks in California Bay Area Counties have heard on the news media and perhaps even on Facebook and through the PG&E system by now that potential shutoffs will affect about 800,000 customers starting at midnight on October 9, 2019.
And the shutoffs may for last up to a week.
The goal is to prevent deadly fires caused by high winds affecting power lines, as seen in the past few years.
While the PG&E website is experiencing heavy loads as people check to see if they or their loved ones are set to be affected, here are the official sites to find out more. Be aware that some spammers are already trying to make fake PG&E sites, so be careful.
To look up whether a particular address is set for shutoff, visit https://m.pge.com/#event-map.
To see maps of the affected areas, go to https://m.pge.com/#outages.
If a home is not set for shutoff, a message like this will appear:
No Impact: This location is not impacted by any recent events. Please call 1-800-743-5002 if you are experiencing an outage at this address.
As the shutoffs involve many factors and unknowns, please be extra kind and courteous to folks this next week. It's awfully hot out to have no power and no air conditioning.
Cooling centers will be available in many Silicon Valley communities, including certain Santa Clara County Libraries, such as the ones in Cupertino at 10800 Torre Ave., and in Campbell at 77 Harrison Ave.
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