Oct 29 2019

ADVISORY: PG&E cancelled its planned Public Safety Power Shutoff for Piedmont. At this point, PG&E indicated that it has no additional PSPS events planned for Alameda County in the near term. Water pumping problems will no longer be potentially affecting Piedmont.

PG&E informs the City that all customers affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff in Piedmont have been restored. If your power is still out, please contact PG&E at (800) 743-5000.  10/30/19

______________________________Updated 10/30/19

 

Oct 27 2019

ADVISORY: Power remains off in portions of Piedmont due to PSPS.

PG&E has said that, assuming weather goes as forecast, restoration efforts will begin tomorrow morning, Monday 10/28. PG&E must visually inspect all of their lines before they are re-energized, so it could take up to 48 hours to complete the work.

Due to the winds, high fire danger remains a threat, so outdoor flames and fires in fireplaces are strongly discouraged. The winds are predicted to subside overnight, but freshen again Tuesday morning, so please remain vigilant and call 911 if you see any fire.

Oct 26 2019

Parts of Piedmont To Be Affected Delayed

ADVISORY: PG&E will be operating two Community Resource Centers near Piedmont for residents to charge phones, cool off, and ask questions of PG&E employees.  There will be one in Oakland at Merritt College at 12500 Campus Drive.  The other will be in Berkeley at the UC Berkeley Clark Kerr Southwest Parking Lot 1 on Tanglewood Road.

These PG&E Community Resource Centers will be open from 8AM to 6PM or later.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has confirmed their intent to conduct a Public Safety
Power Shutoff (PSPS) which will include portions of Piedmont as early as Saturday,
October 26th delayed until  7:00 p.m. Other power outages are likely to occur as a result of this wind event.

(As of  3:20 p.m. 10/26/19)

All Piedmonters are advised to be prepared for power outages during this wind event and Red Flag Warning, which may or may not be proactive Public Safety Power Shutoffs.
Based upon information provided by PG&E it appears that many areas in Piedmont will be affected by the PSPS.

ADVISORY: PG&E has advised the City of Piedmont that there is a power outage in Piedmont and Montclair affecting approximately 2600 customers. We do not believe it is related to the Public Safety Power Shutoff, scheduled for later tonight.

READ CITY NOTICES BY CLICKING BELOW:

>2019-10-26 Public Safety Power Shutoff #1

 

>PCA 2019-10-26 Red Flag Fire Warning

Oct 26 2019

You can check to read the latest updated shut off information for your address by clicking below:

Check shut off information for your address > HERE. <

Oct 26 2019

AC Alert Emergency Notifications from City of Piedmont

Click the “SIGN UP FOR NOTIFICATIONS” box below :

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Your safety is our top concern – that’s why Piedmont wants to make sure you know about emergencies and incidents as they happen.

The City of Piedmont will use “AC Alert” powered by Everbridge to make sure you know about issues that may affect your safety. This system allows the City to contact thousands of residents in seconds so you can find out about an emergency right away.

Receive important messages from city officials via email, phone, and much more!

How Does It Work?
The process begins when the City of Piedmont issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Next, “AC Alert” sends a message through your primary contact path. If you don’t confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact path and continues trying to reach you until you confirm receipt.

The success of this service relies on YOUHaving your latest contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact you in an emergency.

Please sign up – it only takes about a minute to enroll!

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation in this important program!

The City of Piedmont Respects Your Privacy!!

The City of Piedmont will never share or distribute your personal information, unless required to do so by law. Additionally, we will never use your information for any purpose other than to send emergency notifications or information pertaining to Piedmont.

City of Piedmont 

Oct 25 2019

ADVISORY: PG&E will make the decision as to whether it will implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff in Piedmont on Saturday Morning, 10/26. If they choose to implement a PSPS, power would most likely be shut down Saturday Evening. Piedmont will provide additional information when it becomes available.

Oct 24 2019

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has announced that they may conduct a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) which could include a majority of Piedmont as early as Saturday afternoon, October 26th.

The City urges all residents to be prepared in case their power goes out. This means that electricity to all residences, businesses, schools, mobile phone towers, and public facilities in the affected area may be turned off. This is the second in a series of Public Safety Power Shutoffs [PSPS]to be implemented this week and the second time in two weeks that Piedmont is slated to be affected by a PSPS.

Check the expected impact to your address > HERE.

PG&E proactively turns off lines in the interest of safety to help reduce the likelihood of an ignition when extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted. PSPS can accompany fire weather, so we encourage all residents to be prepared for wildfires and possible power outages.

To be ready for a Public Safety Power Shutoff event, please take the following steps.

1. Make sure PG&E has your current contact information. Update your contact information with PG&E online or call (866) 743-6589.

2. Check and update your emergency kit and supplies (include hard copies of critical information and life-saving prescriptions).

3. Identify a place you can go to cool off, if necessary.

4. Have a back-up charging system for cell phones and keep devices fully charged at all times.

5. Learn how to manually open your garage door.

6. Keep cash on hand (credit/debit stations, and ATMs may be without power).

7. Learn more about Public Safety Power Shutoffs in your area and work with your neighbors to make sure everyone is ready.

8. Stay informed during disasters and sign up for alerts.

See link below for additional information.

2019-10-24 Public Safety Power Shutoff Possible on 2019-10-26 – REVISED

PG&E will attempt to reach customers through calls, texts and emails using the contact information they have on file for your account. PG&E will also use their web site and social media channels, and we will keep local news and radio outlets informed and updated.

Residents and businesses who are enrolled in East Bay Community Energy will be affected by these Public Safety Power Shutoffs. The City of Piedmont has plans in place to ensure that emergency services are maintained during a Public Safety Power Shutoff, but affected residents will need to be self-reliant for a period of time.

For more information on how to be prepared for emergencies, please see the Public Safety Committee’s Get Ready, Piedmont brochure.

During a Public Safety Power Shutoff, please call 911 for emergencies only! We expect our emergency dispatchers to be busy answering phone calls, but they will not know when your power will be turned back on. The City of Piedmont has implemented plans to ensure that emergency services are maintained. As soon as we have information as to when power will be restored, we will post the information on the City website and our social media sites.

Contact: John O. Tulloch October 24, 2019 (510) 420-3040

Oct 24 2019

A Guide to Protecting Refrigerated and Frozen Foods in a Power Outage

Don’t Open the Doors

The simplest and most basic way to help your food survive an extended power outage is to keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed.  According to the USDA, in a power outage, a refrigerator will stay cold for up to four hours, and a freezer will keep its temperature for 24 hours if it is half-full and 48 hours if it is full.  When power returns, it is tempting to open the refrigerator and check the food, but it is better to wait until the interior temperature is once more below 40 degrees, which will take hours.  Opening the doors prematurely will delay a return to normal refrigeration and can cause unnecessary additional food spoilage.

Put A Separate Thermometer in Your Refrigerator and Freezer

Many refrigerators only have settings to raise or lower the temperature, but don’t provide an actual temperature reading.  Keeping appliance thermometers inside your refrigerator and freezer allows you to monitor for proper cooling.  Your refrigerator should be at or below 40 ºF, and your freezer at or below 0 ºF.  Many refrigerators only have settings to raise or lower the temperature, but they don’t provide an actual temperature reading.

Keep Bottles of Water in Your Freezer

Keeping frozen bottles of water in your freezer will help keep frozen food cold longer, but  will also provide a supply of fresh drinking water.

If a Power Outage is Announced, Group Frozen Food

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends tightly compacting your freezer food if you are anticipating a power outage. This will help keep your food colder for a longer period of time.

If Announced Power Outage will be More Than 4 Hours, Transfer Foods to Freezer

Milk, meat, poultry and leftovers can be frozen and will defrost quickly when needed.  A freezer will keep its temperature for 24 hours if it is half-full and 48 hours if it is full.

Put Bags of Ice in Your Freezer

Making bags of ice will help maintain in Your Freezer’s temperature.

Buy Dry Ice when a Power Outage is Announced

Fifty pounds of dry ice will keep your freezer cold for up to two days.

Grill Food that is Thawing

Food that is beginning to thaw but is still at a safe temperature, can be cooked on the grill. Use a food thermometer to make sure each item is cooked to a safe internal temperature to kill any food-borne bacteria. The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends a temperature of 145º F for beef, veal, lamb, pork and ham.  Poultry and ground meat mixtures should be cooked to 165º F

Further information available here.

Oct 12 2019

By October 11, 2019, all power had been restored to Piedmont properties.  Many Piedmonters did not see the need for the shut off, others who had endured devastating fires in the past welcomed the precaution.   Most of Piedmont did not have a loss of power.  Properties at a  higher elevation were impacted by the shut off.

Some vigorous complaints came from those not losing power.  Their electricity was on, but Comcast/ Xfinity services were off  – no television, internet, or phones.  Comcast offered no explanation as to why their service was eliminated in areas that continued to have power.

The power shut off event provided a significant indication of what could happen during a major earthquake or other emergencies.  Piedmonters filled their bathtubs with water, readied their grab and go bags, and found ways to light the darkness.

HELP FOR ALL PIEDMONTERS

Piedmont’s Emergency Preparedness Committee has produced an extremely useful brochure, Get Ready! Piedmont, to inform Piedmonters about advantageous actions related to emergencies.

The handbook is linked below and can also be obtained in hard copy through the Piedmont Fire Department.

https://piedmont.ca.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_13659739/File/Front%20Page%20Items/get-ready-piedmont.pdf

Oct 8 2019

As of October 8, 2019, the entire City of Piedmont is under a RED FLAG WARNING along with a large portion of the state.

CalFire has implemented a burn ban for our area.

Piedmont Police and Fire Departments will be patrolling the community enforcing the burn ban and to ensure roads are kept clear during this event. Please park your vehicles in your driveway to keep the roads clear.

[Those who park their vehicles in a garage with an electrified garage door may not be able to open their garage door if the power is off. Suggestions have been made to either leave the garage door open or park vehicles outside of the garage to allow full use of the vehicles.]

October 8th is the anniversary of the Tubbs Fire in 2017 which decimated Napa, Sonoma, and Lake Counties, inflicting the greatest damage on the City of Santa Rosa. It was the most destructive wildfire in California’s history, until the Camp Fire. We face similar fire conditions in the next few days here in Piedmont; strong winds will combine with warm, dry air blowing from the north.

Please remain vigilant for these hazards:

  1. If you see smoke or fire LEAVE THE AREA and call 911. DO NOT wait to be evacuated. Keep some basic supplies in your vehicle, so you can leave immediately if you feel threatened.
  2. PG&E has announced a preemptive Public Safety Power Shutoff due to the wind. Piedmont has several areas within the affected zones. You should be prepared for extended power disruption, up to 5 days. Visit PGE.com for details on affected neighborhoods or call 866-743-6589.
  3. The wind will be a major safety hazard causing damage to trees and utility infrastructure. There will likely be additional unplanned power disruptions. We are asking all Piedmont residents to be aware of your surroundings while driving or walking in our town. You should look for leaning or broken trees or power poles and avoid the area. Traffic signals could also be impacted and drivers need to treat these intersections as a four-way stop if the traffic signal is out.

The Piedmont Fire, Police, and Public Works Departments have additional emergency personnel on duty and will be in a heightened state of readiness during this event. The wind is expected to subside late on Thursday, October 10th. Power disruptions could be protracted depending on the degree of damage to PG&E utilities.

Please visit our City of Piedmont website for more information. Keep in mind when the power is disrupted your internet may not work….so DON’T WAIT. This is also a great time to update your family’s disaster preparedness. Please look at this list for guidance.

Piedmont’s Emergency Preparedness Booklet > PCA 1019 get-ready-piedmont

—-   Emergency Supply Kit  —-

To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

Additional Emergency Supplies

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lense solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children