What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) and When Can I Expect One?
Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) are planned outages initiated by PG&E and other utilities to reduce the possibility of electrical equipment causing fires. PG&E coordinates with the National Weather Service, their own weather stations, and field crews on the ground to confirm the need for a PSPS.
The Town of Los Altos Hills explains more about PSPS here.
How Will I Be Notified of a PSPS in my Area?
PG&E will send an email to all registered customers 48 hours before a planned shutoff and again 24 hours before shutoff. Click here to register for alerts.
PG&E also maintains a map showing current and forecasted outages: note that these maps change frequently. View map here.
The Town of Los Altos Hills will send out a Nixle or AlertSCC message when they are notified of a PSPS. Sign up for both here.
Los Altos Hills and LAHCFD will post information to social media channels.
- LAHCFD: (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Nextdoor)
- Town of Los Altos Hills: (Twitter, Facebook, and Nextdoor)
Check out PG&E’s PSPS site to learn more about what a PSPS is, how to prepare, and for more PSPS resources.
Home emergency preparedness helps you during a PSPS too. Anticipating a PSPS is a great reminder to update your supplies for changing family needs, rotate medications, food, water, batteries, etc. Visit our Emergency Prep pages for more information on how to prepare.