The City of Sonoma is preparing to respond to the impacts of a power shutoff conducted by PG&E, a Red Flag Warning and High Wind Advisory expected to arrive today, October 26th and last through Monday, October 28th. While the PSPS is not currently expected to impact a majority of the City including the plaza, the status could change as weather forecasts evolve. We recommend checking the PG&E “Potential PSPS Address Lookup Tool” to find out if your location will be impacted. Please keep in mind that this will only alert to planned power outages, and that the high wind conditions could result in unplanned power outages as well.
CITY OF SONOMA UPDATES:
- The planned PG&E Power Shutoff is anticipated to start this afternoon/evening, October 26, 2019. PG&E indicates it may take up to five days to restore power to all customers. PG&E’s PSPS page for more information about this event.
- The City will open the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Sunday, October 27th at 5:00 AM.
- The City, in collaboration with the County of Sonoma, will open a Charging Center for the community to plug in and recharge devices at the Sonoma Veteran’s Building located at 126 1st St West beginning Sunday, October 27, 2019, from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
- The City of Sonoma Police Department, Fire Station, and Public Works facilities have permanent generator support and are ready to respond. City water service will continue, even without electricity.
- Residents are asked to minimize water use to help maintain water supply for public health, sanitation and fire protection needs.
- Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority has additional engines, water tenders, and staff in place for the critical fire weather.
- Based on high winds forecasted, the Sonoma Plaza Park will be closed on Sunday, October 27. The City Hall driveway will also be closed on Sunday, and the Sonoma County transit bus stop will relocate from the driveway to Napa Street directly in front of City Hall (near the bell). The Visitors Center and Carnegie Building restrooms will remain open and accessible from 1st St East.
- See the latest Fact Sheet from the Sonoma County Joint Information Center English and Spanish.
- Call 211 to find resources on non-emergency event information like community resource center locations, power shutoff area updates, and other social services.
- If cellular/internet communications are not working, information will be available through the KSVY 91.3 radio station and will be posted at the Veteran’s Memorial Building.
- Learn what to do in an emergency without cell phone coverage, click here and then scroll down to “Answers” to see the information.