Power outages can happen for many reasons, and being prepared is an important part of your emergency plan . During wildfire season, Sonoma residents need to be prepared for the possibility of extended power outages related to Pacific Gas & Electric’s efforts to reduce wildfire risks (known as a Public Safety Power Shutoff or PSPS). Having key items such as an emergency kit can make it easier to cope with power outages, but residents also need to prepare and plan to evacuate or to shelter-in-place. Visit socoemergency.org/prepare for resources to prepare yourself, your family & friends, and your neighborhood for prolonged power outages. Sonoma County residents need to prepare for at least 5 days without electricity.
If you are Sonoma resident with a disability or access and functional needs (AFN), be sure to review FEMA’s guide on "Preparing Makes Sense For People With Disabilities, Others with Access and Functional Needs and the Whole Community". In addition, the Ready.gov website includes preparedness resources specific for individuals with access and functional needs.
Generator and Backup Power
Some Sonoma residents may own or be interested in purchasing generators, portable power stations or battery technologies to prepare for loss of power. Make sure use of a generator is appropriate, safe and realistic for where you live. Incorrect generator use can lead to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning or dangerous electrical hazards.
The installation of devices or wiring designed to allow for a direct connection from a generator to a building’s electrical system, such as manual or automatic transfer switch, breaker interlock kit or similar device, should be installed by a qualified electrical contractor and the installation requires a permit and inspection from the City Building Department.