Surviving the PG&E Power Shutdowns, Part Two

This year PG&E got approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to put into effect its Public Safety Power Shutdown Program. Part One is an overview of the program and how it might affect you.

This installment of Part Two tells us about Delta communities and how well prepared they are for power shutdowns.

Return soon for Part Three, which will address the problems faced by those at risk and those in need — the people who do not have the means to travel or may not have enough money to leave the area or stockpile food, and those with medical needs. 

Helpful Links


Bridges of the Delta:

Delta Ferries update:

QuickMap (Delta served by Districts 3, 4, 10):


Constellation Energy business power outage tips:

Energy providers Public Safety Power Shutdown tips:

PG&E Public Safety Power Shutdown tips:


Contra Costa (Community Warning System Alerts):

Sacramento (Sacramento Alert):

San Joaquin (no alternate system)

Solano (Alert Solano):

Yolo (Yolo Alert):

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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