As PG&E implements their Public Safety Power Shut-off Program (PSPS), the information below is provided to clarify if and how the PSPS program might impact City of Biggs electric customers, and how to prepare for a power outage.
First it is important to note that City of Biggs electric service delivery is confined to within the City limits of the City of Biggs, whereas "Biggs" Zip Code 95917 extends far beyond the City of Biggs. Below is the PG&E map of areas that will be potentially impacted by the PSPS event:
While eastern portions of "Biggs" Zip Code 959517 are included in the areas to be potentially impacted, the City Limits of the City of Biggs is not included.
The City of Biggs very appropriately clears vegetation from the vicinity of power lines in an effort to prevent system reliability and fire issues. Biggs is not in a CalFIRE designated fire danger area. The City does not anticipate the need to shut off power in the same manner as PG&E.
In general, we do not expect PG&E PSPS of their distribution systems in designated fire risk areas to impact the City of Biggs, however, PSPS of certain electrical transmission facilities has the potential to impact the region, including the City of Biggs.
PSPS can be performed when certain conditions exist, typically when extreme weather events can pose an increased risk of wildfire. Examples of these conditions include high wind days, low humidity levels, dry vegetation that could fuel a wildfire, and Red Flag Warnings declared by the National Weather Service. When these conditions raise a heightened potential for wildfires, areas of high fire risk may experience power outages to reduce the risk of a wildfire occurring.
The City of Biggs is not in a designated fire risk area.
City of Biggs water and waste water facilities include back-up generator facilities for added reliability.
The City of Biggs will continue to discuss with PG&E the specific impacts to Biggs and will post any information on any such impacts on the City web site at www.biggs-ca.gov
Regardless of the reason for any outage, every step will be taken to restore power as soon as possible. In the meantime, The City of Biggs encourages you to prepare for emergencies by following these tips:
Update your contact information with the City of Biggs, including e-mail addresses and mobile numbers. -
We are working to add more localized City of Biggs notification systems in early 2020, but we need your current information for those systems to function effectively.
Identify backup charging methods for phones and other electronic devices.
Keep emergency, family, and other important phone numbers accessible in hard copy.
Plan for any medical needs like medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power. If you are dependent on an electric or battery-dependent medical technologies such as breathing machines, a power wheelchair or scooter, and home oxygen or dialysis, it is critical that you have a plan in place for an extended power outage.
Plan for the needs of pets and livestock
Build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies, cash, and food that will last up to five days.
Designate an emergency meeting location
Know how to manually open your garage door
Ensure any backup generators are ready to safely operate.
Identify any unique needs of your family and loved ones in the area for your emergency plan