PSPS overview


A Public Safety Power Shutoff, also called a PSPS, occurs in response to severe weather. We turn off power to help prevent wildfire and keep communities safe. Multiple factors are at play when deciding to turn off your power and we take the decision very seriously.


pole manAlthough you may not live or work in a high fire-threat area or an area experiencing high winds, your power may be shut off if your home or business relies on a line that runs through an area with severe weather. Power lines aren't always connected according to neighborhood, so your power could stay on, while a neighborhood across the street could be turned off.


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PSPS timeline: what to expect

When we need to temporarily turn off power for safety, you can expect the following:

Severe Weather Forecasted

Severe Weather Forecasted

When: Up to a week before


What: Our weather specialists forecast potential severe weather.

PSPS Outage Watch Notifications

PSPS Watch Notifications (outages likely)

When: Two days before, one day before (if possible)


What: We notify you if you are in an area that may be affected by a PSPS. We let you know the potential estimated power shutoff start time and restoration time.

PSPS Outage Warning Notification

PSPS Warning Notification (outages required)

When: Several hours before


What: We notify you if you are in an area that will be affected by a PSPS. We let you know the potential estimated power shutoff start time and restoration time.

Power Shutoff

Power Shutoff

When: During severe weather


What: Power is shut off to affected areas to prevent wildfire.

When: Weather has improved and inspections and restoration activities have begun What: Our power crews inspect power lines to restore power to affected communities as quickly and safely as possible. W

Updates and Inspections

When: Weather has improved and inspections and restoration activities have begun


What: Our crews inspect electric lines to restore power to affected communities as quickly and safely as possible. We notify you daily about the estimated time of power restoration through notifications, social media, local news, radio and our website.

PSPS Power Restored

PSPS Power Restored

When: Within 24 hours after severe weather has passed


What: Power is restored to affected communities.


Learn more in the "PSPS Restoration" video.

Learn more about PSPS events

Like the weather, PSPS events can be unpredictable and complex. The following resources can help you understand and prepare for them.

PSPS updates and alerts

Find the status of a current PSPS event, sign up for PSPS alerts and learn how and when you’ll be notified by us in the event of a PSPS.

Prepare for a PSPS

Find out how to prepare for an upcoming PSPS and safety tips if your power is shut off.

Why PSPS events occur

Discover what factors go into the decision to start a PSPS event and find the weather tools that show if a PSPS will occur in your area.

Improving PSPS

Find out what we are doing every day to make our system safer and more resilient. Also, learn how we're improving PSPS for our customers and communities.

PSPS support

Find resources to support you during a PSPS, including device charging, bagged ice and Wi-Fi, as well as support for customers with access and functional needs.

A PSPS planning map to help you prepare

Use our interactive online map to learn where a PSPS event is more likely to happen and view past PSPS events in your area.

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