The following information is provided by the Sonoma County Joint Information Center (JIC).
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Red Flag Warning and a High Wind Warning for the North Bay mountains, valleys, and coastlines from 8 pm Saturday (10/26) to 11 am Monday (10/28). Per NWS, this is a 1 in 15 year weather event, that Sonoma County has not seen in a long time.
Confidence is high for dangerously strong offshore winds and critically low relative humidity. This event looks to be a potentially historic event given the strength and duration of the winds.
Strongest winds expected Saturday night into Sunday morning. Stronger winds mixing down to the lower elevations will be a particular concern throughout Sunday. Winds will gradually ease later Sunday, but remain locally gusty across higher elevations into Monday morning.
Several local public safety agencies across the County are up-staffing in response to the critical fire weather and local fires. Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings; for up-to-date emergency information for Sonoma County, including evacuation information, visit www.SoCoemergency.org.
POWER SHUTOFF THURSDAY (10/24 )
PG&E began restoring power to Sonoma County on Thursday, October 24. As of last night at 7 pm, PG&E restored power to 95% of the customers impacted in Sonoma County by the October 23 power shutoff. Power is restored to 100% of customers impacted in Santa Rosa City limits. Due to damage and needed repairs, particularly in and around the footprint of the Kincade Fire, some areas of the County will experience delays beyond PG&E’s original restoration timeline.For restoration updates, view PG&E’s restoration map at: http://critweb-outage.pgealerts.com/ or please contact PG&E at 800-743-5002.
POWER SHUTOFF IN SONOMA COUNTY SATURDAY (10/26) THROUGH MONDAY (10/28)
PG&E has announced that they will initiate another Public Safety Power Shutoff that will impact significant portions of Sonoma County on Saturday (10/26), Sunday (10/27), and Monday (10/28). The timing for the shutoff begins Saturday starting as early as approximately 1:00 p.m. (10/26). Due to the intensity of the forecasted weather and the likelihood of damage to PG&E’s infrastructure, it is anticipated that over 90,000 PG&E customers throughout portions of Sonoma County will be impacted for an extended period of time. Community members are urged to prepare now in the event of an extended outage lasting multiple days.
Residents can use PG&E’s Power Shutoff Address Lookup Tool to determine if they may be affected: https://psps.ss.pge.com/
HEALTH AND SAFETY:
- Air quality: A Smoke Health Advisory is in effect due to the Kincade Fire. For up-to-date information on air quality and tips to protect your health visit: https://socoemergency.org/smoke-health-advisory/
- Safety during a power shutoff: For health information go to the SoCoEmergency Health and Safety webpage: https://socoemergency.org/home/emergency/health/
- Food safety: Find out what food you can safely keep and eat if your home loses power. When In doubt, throw it out. https://socoemergency.org/home/emergency/health/food-wise-is-food-safe/.
- High wind safety: High winds and downed branches and trees will make it dangerous to be outside. If you don’t have to be outside, stay inside and stay safe.
- Fire safety: Avoid using lawn mowers or driving on grass. Do not barbeque or make any outdoor fires. Ensure that trailer chains do not drag on the ground.
Sonoma County Office of Education has a list of school closures at https://www.scoe.org/storm-update.html. Parents are encouraged to go to their school/district website for the most up-to-date information.
Sonoma County Transit, Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa CityBus and SMART are currently operating with with regular service.
Multiple intersections are still without power and it is anticipated that a significant amount of intersections throughout Sonoma County will be impacted this weekend if PG&E implements a power shutoff. Drivers are encouraged to make plans to stay home this weekend and off the road, if possible. If you must drive, reduce speeds, drive with caution and treat all intersections without power as a 4-way stop, per State law.
If you use a home generator, understand how to safely operate it before an emergency occurs. Do regular safety checks and have enough fuel to last a few days. If you don’t understand how to use your generator, you risk damaging your property, endangering your life and the lives of others.
Position your generator where its exhaust can vent safely outside to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal. Never run a portable generator in an enclosed area, such as inside your home or garage, or in the rain. Never store generator fuel in the house.
Additional tips on the safe use of generators can be found at PG&E’s Safety Action Center at www.safetyactioncenter.pge.com.
WATER AND SEWER SERVICE
Public water and sewer systems are supported by back-up generators and diesel pumps and are not anticipated to be affected by power shutoffs. Residents with private wells, private water pumps, and/or a private sewer grinder/booster pumps may be affected if they do not have a back-up power supply.
INDIVIDUALS WITH MEDICAL NEEDS (VULNERABLE POPULATIONS)
In the event of a PG&E shutoff this weekend, staff with the Human Services Department Adult and Aging Division will contact older adult and disabled In-Home Supportive Services clients who may not be prepared for an extended power shut off, and live in the potential shutoff area with vital medical devices that require electricity. Staff will help them plan for their needs and provide information and support to help ensure their well-being during a power outage.
Individuals with medical needs who are currently without power or may be affected by the potential shutoff this weekend are encouraged to contact their primary care providers about their needs during the power shutoff.
RESOURCES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
PG&E Community Resource Centers (CRCs) will remain open from 8 am to 8 pm during PG&E power shutoffs. Restrooms, bottled water, electronic-device charging and seating for up to 100 are available at each location.
- Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building: 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
- Hanna Boys Center: 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476
- Cloverdale Citrus Fair: 1 Citrus Fair, Cloverdale, CA 95425
The City of Sonoma opened a Charging Center at the Sonoma Veterans Building, 126 1st St W, Sonoma, CA 95476, from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Please remember to bring your own cords and follow the posted rules and expectations.
Mental Health Resources: Weather events and the power shutoffs may bring up emotional distress. The following organizations offer free, bilingual, mental health services to help individuals experiencing these concerns:
- HOPE Sonoma: Call (707) 291-3788
- Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative: Call NAMI at (866) 960-6264 or visit mysonomastrong.com
- Rebuilding Our Community (ROC) Sonoma County: Call (707) 535-3349 or visit rocsonomacounty.org
- Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management: Call (866) 542-5480
- Santa Rosa City Schools' Integrated Wellness Center: Call (707) 890-3827 or visit srcschools.org/domain/2112
- Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative: Call (707) 303-3600 or visit srhealth.org/about-us/resilience-collaborative
- Wellness and Advocacy Center Peer-to-Peer Mental Health Support: Call (707) 565-7800 or visit wellnessandadvocacy.org
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline: English Speakers call 1-800-985-5990. Spanish speakers call 1-800-985-5990 and press "2". The deaf or hard of hearing can text TalkWithUs to 66746.
Online Updates & Hotlines: The County and local cities are actively monitoring the situation with PG&E and will update the public as information becomes available. For updates, follow local jurisdictions on social media, and visit:
- In Sonoma County: www.SoCoemergency.org
- In City of Santa Rosa: www.srcity.org/emergency
- In City of Sonoma: www.sonomacity.org/emergency-updates
Residents can learn more about PG&E power shutoffs by visiting PG&E’s website or calling PG&E’s 24-hour power outage information center at 1-800-743-5002.
To find information, local services and helpful resources, call Sonoma County 2-1-1 (dial 2-1-1 from a 707 area code phone). In a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.
JURISDICTION SPECIFIC INFORMATION
- City of Santa Rosa:
- EXTENDED BUS SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER AT VETERAN’S MEMORIAL BUILDING IN SANTA ROSA: While the Community Resource Center is open CityBus will add extra trips on Route 18 to improve access to the PG&E Community Resource Center at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building (1351 Maple Avenue). On weekdays and Saturdays, the additional trips will depart from the Downtown Transit Mall at 5:20PM & 6:20PM. On Sundays, Route 18 will not have extra trips added.
- TRAFFIC INTERSECTIONS: Many intersections in Santa Rosa will likely be affected in the event of a shutoff this weekend. Temporary stop signs will be added at some intersections with the highest traffic volume and roadway speed to remind drivers to stop at intersections where signals are out. A list of the intersections anticipated to be affected can be found here: www.srcity/org/pspstrafficimpacts
- WATER CONSERVATION: Please conserve water during a power outage. Conserving water during a power outage reduces the demand on the City’s backup power generators that help move water for essential needs, such as drinking water and water for firefighting. The City of Santa Rosa Water Department requests that residents conserve water indoors and outdoors, this includes using water efficiently, eliminating outdoor watering, and turning off irrigation systems.To learn more about ways to save water, please visit srcity.org/watersmart.