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Posted on: October 14, 2020

Special eNews – Red Flag Warning and PSPS Event; Community Resource Center Open

A red flag warning has been issued for many portions of the Bay Area, accordingly, PG&E has initiated a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event scheduled to begin today, October 14

A red flag warning has been issued for many portions of the Bay Area, including portions of San Mateo County, starting today and continuing through Friday morning at 11:00 AM. Above-normal temperatures, dry vegetation, and gusty winds have the potential to cause fast moving and damaging fires. Please remain vigilant, safe, and alert. To learn more about what Red Flag Warnings are, visit Cal Fire’s webpage

Accordingly, PG&E has initiated a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event scheduled to begin today, October 14, for parts of San Mateo County, with the majority of affected residences in unincorporated areas. Presently, according to PG&E, the PSPS is not anticipated to take place directly in city limits of Half Moon Bay, but this could change. The outage is scheduled to last 48 hours, until 10 p.m.  Friday, October 16, when power is estimated to be restored. Approximately 1,687 PG&E customers and 56 medical baseline customers will be affected in the southern and coastal areas of the county. All but 20 customers are in the unincorporated area. To find out if your address will be affected by the PSPS, go to PG&E's outage map

PG&E will open two Community Resource Centers where residents can receive water, air conditioning and power charging for devices. COVID precautions are in place, and masks are required. 

Half Moon Bay Library
620 Correas Street
Wednesday, Oct. 14: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 15: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 16: (as needed) 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

La Honda Fire Brigade
8945 La Honda Road
Wednesday, Oct. 14: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 15: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 16: (as needed) 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

In preparation for PG&E's PSPS Event, the County of San Mateo will be activating its Emergency Operations Center and is encouraging all San Mateo County residents to sign up for alerts and emergency notifications through PG&E and SMC Alert

County Parks has closed Huddart, Wunderlich and Edgewood parks effective immediately, through the duration of the PSPS. Please visit parks.smcgov.org for updates.

To prepare for the PSPS, PG&E is asking customers to:

  • Update contact information at pge.com/mywildfirealerts 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.
  • Plan for medical needs like medications that require refrigeration or devices that need power.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones and keep hard copies of emergency numbers.
  • Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
  • Consider family members who are elderly, younger children and pets. Information and tips including a safety plan checklist are available at pge.com/wildfiresafety.

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