As you are likely aware, the company was unprepared for the glut of web traffic to its website, making it very difficult to get clear, timely information about the impacts. We want you to take this opportunity, with current electricity service and daylight, to remind you that this is an obviously fluid situation – PG&E's final update to Mill Valley about its outage came with just six hours' notice. Please be extremely mindful of updates – see below for several ways to stay up to date about current conditions – and review the recommendations below.
The City of Mill Valley has developed an PSPS Plan and Playbook and put it into motion. Click here for more information.
Mill Valley residents and business owners are encouraged to prepare for a shutoff that may exceed 48 hours. Preparations to consider include:
- Charge all mobile devices in advance of the power shutoff
- Plan for any medical needs like medications that need to be refrigerated or medical devices that require power
- Learn how to manually open your garage door
- Sign up for emergency alerts from Alert Marin
- Sign up for Nixle alerts
- Prepare to evacuate or shelter in place in the event of a wildfire.
- Please visit the "PG&E Weather Awareness" webpage which provides a daily forecast for the next seven days within nine geographic zones. Mill Valley and Marin County are in geographic zone 3. On this page, PG&E shares their prediction for the potential for the shutoffs and ranks them four categories.
- Please also visit the "Potential PSPS Outage Maps" to look up areas that may be impacted by a PSPS.
- The City Council reviewed the City's plans and preparations for the Public Safety Power Shutoff at their City Council meeting on Monday, September 16. Read the Staff Report and City of Mill Valley Draft Plan and Playbook.
The City Council also adopted an Urgency Ordinance amending the City's Municipal Code to regulate the use of generators during prolonged power outages. Learn more.