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Posted on: July 1, 2019

Utility Wildfire Safety: Public-Safety Power Shutdowns and More

Unlike most municipalities, the City of Healdsburg operates its own electric utility, and the community benefits from lower electric rates compared with PG&E. 

Go here to learn what the City's Electric Department is doing to prepare for disasters such as wildfires, and what you should do prepare you and your family for public-safety power shutdowns. 

Questions we answer include:

  • PG&E is stating that they will de-energize portions of California’s transmission systems when wildfires occur. How will this affect Healdsburg?
  • Can the City guarantee power because we have our own electric utility?   
  • How is the City preparing for the increasing threat of wildfires? 
  • How will the City’s electric customers know if there is a public-safety power shutdown? 

The FAQs page includes practical information you can use in the event of a power shutdown. The tips include: 

  • Keep your cell phone charged and identify back-up charging methods for phones and other electronic devices.
  • If the power does go out, make sure to turn off all unnecessary appliances such as stoves, clothing iron, hair dryers, lights, and/or curling irons.
  • Know how to manually open your garage door or other access points of your property that rely on power.

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