Surviving the PG&E Power Shutdowns: Part 1

Editor’s note:  We apologize for the error in Deputy Director Shellie Lima’s title in an earlier version of this video. It has now been corrected. 

This year PG&E got approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to put into effect is Public Safety Power Shutdown Program. Part 1 is an overview of the program and how it might affect you. Return soon for Part 2 which tells us about Delta communities and how well prepared they are for power shutdowns. 

Meet the Authors

Michael Cockrell

Michael Cockrell’s public service career has included law enforcement, water conservation enforcement, and emergency management. After 35-years at San Joaquin County’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), he retired as Director in December 2017. His OES experience between 1982-2017 included a wide range of emergencies and disasters such as floods, earthquake recovery, mass-casualty incidents, train derailments, hazardous materials releases, droughts, extreme heat and cold events. His education includes Associate and Bachelor degrees in Social Science, concentrating in Administration of Justice, and, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He has also completed many continued-education courses on administration and emergency management. 

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  • So if there is a five day outage will the unfortunate folks who don’t have generators get some type of local assistance? For instance, the elderly/shut ins who may need electricity for breathing machines and cool air sources if it’s during an extremely hot day? I understand there are local agencies here in Calaveras County and Angels Camp who will go around from house to house with a “charging program” for the less fortunate. Do you know anything about this?

    • Several of our interviews expressed exactly these concerns. Many people who require power for medical devices get alerts from PG&E but not all of them. And I do not know anything about the “charging program” but will definitely check up on it and your other concerns and post as soon as I am able. Thank you for your concern.

    • Mr. Smith…after careful consideration we are adding a third part to this series which will focus on those at risk and in need. Thank you so much for your questions. Hopefully we will answer them in this third part.

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