PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff

El Cerrito and Kensington power has been restored! !La energía ha sido restaurada!

Updated 10/28/19 at 4:50 p.m.

We’ve been notified by PG&E that they have received an “all clear” to patrol their lines at 0600 hours this morning Monday, Oct. 28 to inspect and confirm it is safe to begin restoring power to their customers. Currently, there is no estimated time when power will be restored. They are telling customers it may take up to 48 hours to restore power..

Please note there is ANOTHER event beginning tomorrow Tuesday, Oct. 29 at approximately 4:00 am. that may impact the same customers. The list has NOT been released yet to know who will be impacted again and that is expected to come out this afternoon.

The City of El Cerrito will continue to try to get the most accurate updates and notifications to you as quickly as possible.

Updated 10/28/19 at 12:09 p.m.

Air Quality-Unhealthy: Active youth/adults/people with respiratory diseases should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion. Everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion. Visit http://www.baaqmd.gov & https://cwsalerts.com for more information.


El Cerrito facility closures and charging centers

CLOSURE INFORMATION
• The Recycling Center will remain closed today, October 28, 2019.
• The Hillside Natural Area will remain closed until Tuesday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m.
• The Swim Center is closed today, October 28, 2019.

CHARGING CENTERS
To support residents with no electrical power, the City has opened charging stations for small devices at the following locations during business hours:

• El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane  - until 4 p.m. today
• El Cerrito City Hall Lobby, 10890 San Pablo Ave. - until 4 p.m. today

Please do not bring pets, unless certified service animals. The sites are not equipped to accommodate food.

Updated 10/28/2019 at 8:39 a.m.

A wildfire has broken out in the Lafayette/Pleasant Hill area and residents have been issued an evacuation notice.

*There is NO evacuation or pre-evacuation order for East Bay Hills, but residents should remain on alert in case of possible wildfire in the Canyon. 

*For those without power due to the outages, and for those living along the East Bay Hills ridgeline, you may want to consider relocating for the evening until this dangerous Diablo Wind event has passed, simply as a measure of precaution at this time.

*All residents must use extreme caution because a simple spark could cause a major wildfire. Please pay close attention to your surroundings. Consider having your car loaded with necessities in the event of an evacuation. Make sure that your vehicle has a full tank of gas and is ready to go.

www.el-cerrito.org/wildfirepreparedness

Updated 10/27/19 at 4:15 p.m.


3,375 customers in El Cerrito and 1,017 in Kensington are currently without power.

  • The El Cerrito Recycling Center is expected to be impacted and will be closed on Sunday, October 27, in the event of a power outage.
  • To support residents with no electrical power, the El Cerrito Community Center will be open on Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for residents to charge small electronic devices, cell phones, and small medical devices. Please do not bring pets, unless certified service animals. The community center is not equipped to accommodate food.
  • Any intersections without power should be treated as an all-way stop.
  • PG&E has reported that the wind event is expected to last longer and have stronger winds than last event, so restoration of services may be complicated if there is damage to utility lines.
  • Please be advised that the decision to shut off and restore power has been planned and managed solely by PG&E.

Updated 10/27/19 at 7:52 a.m.map of outage

From PG&E

"WEATHER UPDATE: Public Safety Power Shut Off times and locations have shifted due to evolving weather conditions. PG&E will continue to closely monitor conditions, and adjust the timeline with safety as our top priority. More info: pge.com/pspsupdates"

Updated 10/26/19 at 7:45 p..mmap of power outages


Update: power outage now expected to begin 10/26 at 7:00 pm.

The City of El Cerrito is preparing to respond to the impacts of a confirmed PG&E power shutoff event affecting parts of Contra Costa and Alameda counties. PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) is expected to start 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 26, through 2 p.m. on Monday, October 28.

  • We expect about 2,000 residential customers in El Cerrito and about 2,200 Kensington customers to be impacted.
  • The El Cerrito Recycling Center is expected to be impacted and will be closed on Sunday, October 27, in the event of a power outage.
  • To support residents with no electrical power, the El Cerrito Community Center will be open on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for residents to charge small electronic devices, cell phones, and small medical devices. Please do not bring pets, unless certified service animals. The community center is not equipped to accommodate food.
  • The intersection of Colusa and Fairmount may be impacted and should be treated as a 5-way stop.
  • PG&E has reported that the wind event is expected to last longer and have stronger winds than last event, so restoration of services may be complicated if there is damage to utility lines.
  • To find out if your address is affected, please visit https://psps.ss.pge.com. Please be advised that the decision to shut off and restore power has been planned and managed solely by PG&E.

Updated 10/25/19 at 3:25 p.m.

The City of El Cerrito is preparing to respond to the impacts of a confirmed PG&E power shutoff event affecting parts of Contra Costa and Alameda counties. PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) is expected to start 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 26, through 2 p.m. on Monday, October 28. 

The following City facilities will be impacted:

  • Madera Clubhouse (1500 Devonshire)
  • Corp Yard (7550 Schmidt Lane)
  • Recycling Center (7501 Schmidt Lane)
  • Arlington Clubhouse (1120 Arlington)
  • Huber Clubhouse (7711 Terrace)

To find out if your address is affected, please visit https://psps.ss.pge.com/. Please be advised that the decision to shut off and restore power has been planned and managed solely by PG&E.

Updated 10/25/19 at 10:17 a.m.

We've confirmed the most customers have power restored in El Cerrito and Kensington.

Updated 10/10/19 at 4:21 p.m.

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PSPS Update: PG&E issues weather ‘All Clear’ for safety Inspections, restoration efforts to begin in many areas.  Power in El Cerrito appears to be back on. We will confirm that shortly.

Updated 10/10/19 at 3:55 p.m.

About 700 are without power in El Cerrito. Restoration in Contra Costa is projected to begin between 12 noon and 2 pm today. The process could take a few hours to several days. This is an "estimated" beginning of restoration.

The map below is a picture of the outage map at http://critweb-outage.pgealerts.com/?WT.mc_id=Vanity_pge-outages. Please check there for more current updates. 

Updated 10/10/19 at 1:59 p.m.

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Charging stations

To support residents with no electrical power, the City has opened charging stations for small devices at the following locations during business hours:

• El Cerrito Community Center Skylight Room, 7007 Moeser Lane  - until 6 p.m. today
• El Cerrito City Hall Lobby, 10890 San Pablo Ave. - until 6 p.m. today

Please do not bring pets, unless certified service animals. The sites are not equipped to accommodate food.

Updated 10/10/19 at 10:43 a.m.

PG&E has started shutting off power in communities across Northern California due to escalated fire risk due to high winds and dry conditions. El Cerrito is in stage two of the shut-off schedule, which is scheduled to start at 8 PM tonight (10/9). PG&E expects about 840 customers to be affected by the outage. Updated 10/9/19 at 2:29 p.m.

INCREASED PUBLIC SAFETY STAFFING DURING POWER SHUTOFF

El Cerrito Public Safety has made deployment plans for the Public Safety Power Shutoff. The Police and Fire Departments have increased staffing to provide additional resources to affected areas and to ensure that our community remains safe. The Police and Fire Departments will remain open for business during the power shutoff. Please take the time to check in with your neighbors before and during the outage.

PG&E COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTERS

To support customers in areas affected by the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff, PG&E will open community resource centers in several locations beginning Wednesday at 8 a.m. The centers will remain open during the daylight hours only.

Restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging, and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 people will be available at the facilities.

ALAMEDA COUNTY
Merritt College LOT B - Leona St., Oakland 94508

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
Location: Bishop Ranch Parking Lot - 2600 Camino Ramon, San Ramon 94583

COUNTY RESOURCE CENTER AND CHARGING STATIONS

The County Employment & Human Services department is setting up charging stations for community members during the PG&E power shutoff. These charging stations are available in the lobbies of these locations from 8 am to 5 pm at:

  1. 1305 Macdonald, Richmond
  2. 151 Linus Pauling, Hercules

tips

  • Plan for your family and pet's needs
  • Treat intersections as all-way stops, if traffic lights are out.
  • Have enough water and non-perishable food. Conserve water.
  • Take an inventory of the items you use that rely on electricity.
  • People with electric security gates should lock them "open" while power is still on to ensure they can get in and out when it is not. Also, make sure you can get your vehicle out of the garage.
  • Keep gas tanks full
  • Talk to your family and neighbors and share your plan

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • PG&E says that the power outage will not affect gas service. There is no need to shut off the gas.
  • Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) facilities, including Contra Costa Regional Medical and county health centers, will not be impacted by the outage. CCHS will continue to provide services during the outage.
  • BART spokesperson says trains will be operating during the power shutoff in our County.
  • Schools – For a list of school closures in El Cerrito, go to West Contra Costa Unified School District.
  • Find out what you can do now in Preparing for a Power Outage in (English PDF) and (Spanish PDF).

sign up for emergency alerts

Update your contact information at pge.com or by calling 1-866-743- 6589 during normal business hours. PG&E will use this information to alert customers through automated calls, texts, and emails, when possible, prior to, and during, a PSPS.

Sign up for Nixle messages from the El Cerrito Police and Fire Department - https://local.nixle.com/registe

HELPFUL LINKS

City of El Cerrito Recreation program status
Pacific Gas & Electric find out if your home is affected by the shutoffs
West Contra Costa Unified School District - In El Cerrito, Madera Elementary school will be affected.
National Weather Service
East Bay Regional Park District
East Bay Municipal Utility District
California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (Cal FIRE)

The City office is trying to stay up on the latest power outage information. Don't hesitate to reach out to see if we can help you or direct you to someone who can.

citymanager@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us or (510) 215-4318

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