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Posted on: October 25, 2019

PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff - Updated 10:29 10:00 AM

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Updated Information as of 10/29 at 10:00 a.m.:  PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)


According to PG&E, any remaining areas within Orinda without power should be restored by 1:00 p.m. Tuesday October 29th.  PG&E is planning for another planned shutoff; HOWEVER no areas in Orinda are projected in the outage maps at this time. The closest areas in Contra Costa County to be expected to be shutoff possibly today/tomorrow is in south Moraga/unincorporated Canyon.

Air Quality Alert

Due to the ongoing fires in the Bay Area and beyond, the current Air Quality in the Lamorinda Valley is considered “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Please take necessary precautions to limit your risk.

If you are in an at-risk group, if you have heart or lung disease, if you are an older adult, or if you have children, talk with your doctor in advance about when and whether you should leave the area or move to a location with better indoor air quality. When PM2.5 concentrations are high for a prolonged period of time, fine particles can build up indoors even though you may not be able to see them.

If you are in an at-risk group, don’t wait until pollution reaches the “hazardous” category to take action to reduce your exposure. Air quality is unhealthy for you when particle pollution levels reach the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” range, so you will need to take steps to reduce your exposure earlier and more often. If you are healthy, begin taking steps when air pollution reaches the “unhealthy” category.

Do not rely on dust masks for protection. Paper "comfort" or "dust" masks are designed to trap large particles, such as sawdust. These masks will not protect your lungs from small particles such as PM2.5. Scarves or bandanas won’t help either.

You can find updated information regarding Bay Area Air Quality at:

City Resource Center
 The Orinda Community Resource Center will be open from 8am-6pm during power shut offs. The Resource Center is located at the Community Center, 28 Orinda Way, Room 8. Room 8 is powered by emergency generators.  It has charging stations and fans for cooling, if necessary.  City staff will work to answer questions or help those with other needs.
For the fastest, most updated information distributed by the Orinda Police Department on this and other emergencies you can register for text alerts through a service provided by Nixle.  Text your zip code to 888777 for local mobile alerts or use this link
Check for a current map and customer updates. For more information on preparing for power outages, visit the County's Safety & Emergency Info page:

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