Preparing For Public Safety Power Shut-offs
What is a Public Safety Power Shut-off (PSPS)?
PG&E may turn off electricity in designated areas when extreme fire danger conditions are forecast — such as Red Flag Warnings, low humidity, high winds, and dry conditions. The specific areas and number of affected customers will depend on weather conditions and which circuits PG&E turns off for public safety. These precautions are called Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS).
What Does This Mean for Your Child’s School Day?
Schools can remain open and operational even with a power outage for periods of time if relative conditions are cooperative. Specifically, schools can remain open during a power outage if conditions are optimal and necessary accomodations can be made for child nutrition and student safety. For example, if the weather is moderate and heating or air conditioning is not essential, we can continue without power.
If it is determined that student and staff safety would be compromised because of a power outage, District leadership will notify families of modified school days or school closures as soon as possible. Please understand that our ability to make the best decision on behalf of our students, families and staff involves information-gathering from other agencies. We appreciate your patience as we work diligently to acquire the necessary information for making the most informed decisions possible. According to PG&E, schools are considered “critical facilities” and should receive priority notice of shutoffs.
How Are Schools Equipped to Manage a Power Shut-Off?
Our schools have emergency materials and supplies including water, snacks, and first aid kits on site that can be used if needed. We also have generators that provide temporary power to some refrigerators. We do not have generators to run HVAC units or lights. Our District leaders are part of the City of Livermore’s Emergency Management Team, and are included in decisions that may impact public safety, including extended power outages. District leaders will communicate all necessary information with staff and families at all District schools and worksites. We have back-up communication systems that allow principals and District staff to receive and send emergency information.
How Will You Be Notified of Alterations to School Days?
In the event of a school closure, we will notify students, families, and staff with as much advance notice as possible using a variety of communication tools including email, text, phone calls, and posts to our social media accounts and District app. It is important that LVJUSD has current parent, guardian, and emergency contact information in our student information system so that you can be notified. Please contact your school’s office to update your contact information if it has changed.
What Can You Do to Prepare?
- Subscribe to Alameda County’s Emergency Alert System “AC Alert” at https://www.acgov.org/emergencysite/.
- Enroll in PG&E Alerts by calling 1-877-9000-PGE if you’d like to receive alerts via automated call. For text alerts, text "ENROLL" to 97633.
- You can check online for PSPS areas on an interactive map and by entering your street address for specific information: PG&E Potential PSPS Area
- Make sure PG&E and your water retailer have your current contact information in their systems for notification purposes.
- Prepare an emergency kit. The California Department of Health lists items related to food & water, first aid, clothing & bedding, and special needs items for infants, adults, seniors, & people with disabilities.
- Remember your pets! When factoring in your stored water supply, add additional quantities for your furry family members. Have additional pet food on hand.