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Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS)
Ukiah’s electric energy is delivered over high voltage transmission lines jointly used by many California utilities including PG&E. In an effort to protect communities from wildfire, PG&E is implementing precautionary measures this fire season. If extreme fire danger conditions threaten a portion of the electrical system, high-risk transmission lines may be turned off, resulting in outages to the City of Ukiah.
In the event of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), the City will provide updates as we receive them from PG&E. The City and PG&E will work diligently to restore electrical services to our customers as quickly as possible, but customers should prepare for power outages that may last longer than 48 hours.
The City is working to prepare for Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) through planning and system reinforcements to:
- Maintain water and sewer services
- Ensure that public safety officers have the resources that they need to respond to emergencies
- Provide additional traffic safety measures during a PSPS event
- Maintain the functionality of our airport
- Establishing systems to keep the community informed
We have also set up an outage information phone line, (707) 463-6288, which will be staffed during a PSPS event.
Be Prepared for a PSPS Event
- Sign Up for Alerts
City of Ukiah residents should sign up for both NIXLE and MendoAlert to ensure that they are receiving all relevant public safety alert notifications. Nixle is used by the City of Ukiah Police Department, Ukiah Valley Fire Authority and the City’s Office of Emergency Management. MendoAlert is the Mendocino County alert notification system.
- Review PG&E's website to learn more about preparing you and your family for these events.
- Learn more about preparing for a PSPS event at prepareforpowerdown.com
- Review the City of Ukiah's Office of Emergency Management page
- Generator Power
Please take the necessary steps to prepare yourselves and your families to be safe during a PSPS.
In the event of a life-threatening emergency dial 911.
Will I have electricity?
No, the City of Ukiah and its’ customers will not have electricity during a PSPS event.
Will I have water?
Yes, the City has systems in place to provide continued water services during a PSPS event.
Will I have sewer services?
Yes, the City has systems in place to provide continued sewer services during a PSPS event.
Will I have garbage service?
Yes, garbage service is expected to operate normally during a PSPS event.
Be Waste Wise: Power Outages
Whether planned or unexpected, a loss of power can create additional waste in your home or business.
When the power goes out, the best thing to do is to keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed.
However, if the power outage lasts for multiple hours, it is safest to dispose of your perishable items.
If you have spoiled food as a result of a power outage:
- Please put unpackaged food waste in your GREEN cart.
- If your green cart becomes full, please put unpackaged food waste in your GREY cart.
- Please put food packaging in your GREY or BLUE cart depending on material (visit UkiahRecycles.com for guidelines).
What about traffic signals?
Traffic signals have battery backups that will last for several hours. After that, the City will place temporary stop signs at all intersections to assist in traffic flow.