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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 extreme 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 extreme weather.

PSPS Outage Watch Notifications

PSPS Outage 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 shut-off start time and restoration time.

PSPS Outage Warning Notification

PSPS Outage 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 shut-off 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 power crews inspect power lines to restore power to affected communities as quickly and safely as possible. We notify you daily with estimated time of power restoration through notifications, social media, local news, radio and our website.

PSPS Power Restored

PSPS Power Restored

When: Within 12 daylight hours after severe weather has passed.


What: Power is restored to all affected communities.

Learn more about PSPS events

Like the weather, Public Safety Power Shutoffs can be unpredictable and complex. The following resources can help you understand and prepare.

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 to follow if your power is shut off.

Why PSPS events occur

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

Minimizing PSPS Events

Find out what we’re doing to minimize the impact of a PSPS.

PSPS support

Find resources including device charging, bagged ice and Wi-Fi to support you during a PSPS.

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