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Posted on: October 8, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Information about the PG&E Power Safety Shutoff in Marin


The County of Marin is preparing to respond to the impacts of a PG&E Power Shutoff affecting approximately 10,000 Marin customers. PG&E informed County officials that Marin County will definitely have“Public Safety Power Shutoff Watch,” and it is suspected that a de-energization event will begin at midnight tonight and all the power in the affected areas should be off by 4 am tomorrow (Wed). San Anselmo has not been named at this point, though the Town is actively monitoring the situation and will coordinate with our operational area response partners if needed. PG&E is monitoring weather patterns and will provide updates to customers and the County of Marin when information is available.

A list by jurisdiction within Marin below:


 Total 9,736 

 Medical 130 

 Critical 81 









Mill Valley




Muir Beach












Stinson Beach




PG&E currently reports that the power shutoff would start in the early morning of Wednesday, October 9. Customers should prepare for the possibility of losing power early Wednesday morning. Re-energization would begin on Thursday, and PG&E anticipates it will take up to five days to completely restore power to all customers once the restoration process begins.

For updates and to identify service areas that may be affected by a potential power outage, residents should visit and check individual addresses on PG&E’s interactive potential outage map.

To learn more about a PG&E’s power shutoff, visit or call PG&E’s 24-hour power outage information center at 1-800-743-5002.

In the meantime, here is a preparedness checklist:

  • Update your contact information with PG&E. Go to or call 1-866-743-6589.
  • Plan for any medical needs - Talk with your doctor and plan for medications that need refrigeration or medical devices that require power.
  • Keep a hard copy of emergency phone numbers on hand - Know who to call in an emergency. This should include at least one out-of-town contact that may be better able to reach family members in an emergency.
  • Build or restock your emergency supply kit - Stock supplies to last a week - include flashlights, fresh batteries, first aid supplies, food, water and cash.
  • Plan for alternate ways to charge devices - Consider purchasing a solar-powered or hand crank charger. These chargers are good emergency tools to keep your laptop and other small electronics working in the event of a power outage. If you own a car, purchase a car phone charger because you can charge your phone if you lose power at your home.
  • Plan for the needs of pets and livestock.
  • Designate an emergency meeting location.
  • Keep your car tank at least half full - Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
  • Practice manually opening your garage door. Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it. Garage doors can be heavy, so know that you may need help to lift it.
  • Consider staying with a friend or relative during an outage.
  • Ensure any backup generators are ready to safely operate - Generator safety tips can be found at

Further recommendations can be found here:

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