PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff 11/18/19

November 18, 2019

Marin County Sheriff’s Office
Monday November 18th, 2019 :: 10:24 a.m. PST


Marin County to be affected by PG&E Power Shutoff starting 11/20 at 4PM


Marin County Prepares for Public Safety Power Shutoff

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services has been made aware of a Public Safety Power Shutoff that will potentially affect 23,345 metered locations in Marin County. The Power Shutoff is projected to start Wednesday November 20th at around 4:00PM. PG&E expects to receive the all clear and start line inspections on Thursday November 21st at 0800AM. This means it could take 24 – 48 hrs from the start of inspections for everyone to have power restored. 

While Marin is projected to be affected by the outage, the exact neighborhoods that will lose power is still unknown.  Attached is a screen shot of PG&E’s estimated outage area as of 4:09am on November 18. Of course, this is subject to change and is a fluid and developing situation.

Please prepare now: until fire season concludes, Marin County remains threatened by future Public Safety Power Shutoffs. We must all do our part to prepare ourselves and neighbors for extended outages of up to 7 days. Review this list to prepare:

Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook @Marinsheriff and sign up for PGE alerts at to receive notification when a PSPS has been confirmed for your area. 


Marin County Sheriff’s Office
1600 Los Gamos Dr
San Rafael, CA 94903

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 415-479-2311


PG&E is monitoring weather patterns and said it will provide updates to customers and the County of Marin as additional information is available.  Residents and businesses can access updated PSPS information from PG&E online at


All questions regarding PSPS events and extended outages should be directed to PG&E via their website and (866) 743-6589. Please only call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency.


For non-emergency information and referrals, contact 211 Bay Area by calling 2-1-1 or text MARINSHUTOFF to 898-211 (or MARINAPAGON to 898-211 for Spanish speaking residents). In addition, vulnerable adults can check Marin County Health & Human Services’ online community resource guide for additional information.


911 VS 211

Call 911 for an immediate response from police, fire department, or emergency medical service teams, for crimes happening now, suspicious activity, and life-threatening emergencies.

Call 211 to find resources on non-emergency event information like community resource center locations, power shutoff area updates, and other social services.

Emergency Management officials remind residents and visitors that it is important to have a plan to adjust daily routines to one without PG&E power. FEMA recommends the following steps:


Stay informed

  • Sign up to receive safety information on Nixle by texting your ZIP code to 888-777.
  • Sign up for AlertMarin notifications to receive information on immediate threats to personal safety or property, tailored to an address of your choosing.
  • Sign-up for PSPS Zip Code Alerts by texting ENROLL to 97633 or by calling 1-877-9000-PGE.
  • Update contact information with PG&E at or by calling 1-866-743-6589.


Review plans

  • Identify several evacuation routes for your location in case roads are blocked. Tell someone out of the area which routes you plan to use.
  • Keep vehicles fueled and ready in case of an evacuation.
  • Make a list of what you’ll want to take with you if you leave your home quickly. Consider the Five P’s of Evacuation: People/Pets; Prescriptions; Papers; Personal Needs; Priceless Items.
  • Talk to a medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Take stock of batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • Take inventory of available supplies such as food, water, clothing, and flashlight batteries.
  • Have some cash available in case retail point-of-sale devices are unable to accept credit cards during an outage.
  • Check thermometers in refrigerators and freezers during an outage. Dispose of perishable food if the appliance temperature reaches 40 degrees or higher for an extended period.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged.
  • Know how to manually open electric garage doors and gates.
  • For more information, including what to do during a power outage, visit and


The County will continue to share information updates as they become available via and on social media via Facebook and Twitter (@MarinSheriff).