Orinda community members, elected officials, and staff have been involved in detailed conversations about being prepared for emergency events in Orinda. This web page has been created to provide public information to assist with emergency preparedness.
With the growing threat of wildfires, starting for the 2019 wildfire season PG&E is implementing a precautionary measure called a "Public Safety Power Shutoff," or PSPS, to reduce the risk of wildfires. Multi-day power outages may occur in Orinda, depending on weather conditions (such as combinations of strong winds, low humidity levels, and critically dry vegetation). In the event of a Public Safety Power Shutoff, the City will provide access to fans and charging stations in the Community Center at 28 Orinda Way.
What can I do to prepare for a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)?
You can ensure that your family is ready for a Public Safety Power Shutoff by taking precautionary measures.
Prepare your home and belongings by…
- Ensuring your car has at least ½ tank of gas at all times. In the event of a PSPS, gas stations will likely be closed.
- Purchasing/updating your home generator or another uninterrupted power supply to keep your WiFi running and smart phone charged during an outage
- Assembling a preparedness kit (stored near your vehicle) including:
- Large portable power supply (https://www.amazon.com/portable-power-supply/s?k=portable+power+supply)
- Water (1 gallon/person/day)
- Non-perishable foods (week’s supply)
- Sturdy, close-toed shoes for each family member
- Two pairs of socks and underwear for each family member
- Long pants, long-sleeved shirt, jacket, hat for each family member
- 4-8 N-95 masks (https://www.amazon.com/s?k=n95+masks&hvadid=78477646317928&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvqmt=e&tag=mh0b-20&ref=pd_sl_8bt9d5un0a_e)
- First aid kit
- Method for cooking food without electricity
- Surge protectors for appliances/electronics
- Cash (in case ATM/bank is closed)
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Hand sanitizer and moist towelettes
- Garbage bags
- A week’s supply of medication
- Toiletry kit
- Spare eyeglasses and sunglasses
- Pet supplies
- Installing carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups
Prepare your family by…
- Predesignating an out-of-area contact and ensuring each family member has their contact information. In the event of a PSPS, text, do not call, the emergency contact.
- Planning to be as self-sufficient as possible during a power outage, expecting limited access to gasoline and food as local retail will likely be impacted
- Ensure that you'll be notified if a PSPS is going to occur by updating your PG&E account contact information and signing up for alerts at www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts
What do I do when a PSPS occurs?
If you think you have been notified of a PSPS, park your car in your driveway facing the street. This is especially important if you are using an electronic garage door opener. Ensure that you have at least half a tank of gas in your car. If applicable, leave your driveway gate open.
When driving, do so safely and with headlights on at all times. Be alert for downed power lines and emergency or utility personnel. Do not touch downed power lines under any circumstances.
If you are at home during a PSPS, use perishable food supplies first, but avoid eating foods in your refrigerator when the power is off for more than a few hours.
Try to take quick showers and limit use of sinks to conserve water in case Republic Services or EBMUD are impacted by the outage.
Those with disabilities or medical equipment requiring power should go to nursing centers or the hospital.
The Orinda Community Center, located at 28 Orinda Way, will serve as a Community Resource Center in the event of a PSPS. You can visit the Community Center to charge your devices and speak to city or PG&E staff. The Community Center will be open during regular business hours in the event of a PSPS. Orinda City Hall will be closed to the public during a PSPS.
The City of Orinda will continue to update information related to PSPS and wildfire preparedness. Be sure to refer to www.cityoforinda.org for updated information.
- Update your PG&E account information and sign up for alerts at www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts
- Sign up for Orinda Police Nixle Alerts at https://local.nixle.com/
- Sign up for notifications from the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff’s Community Warning System at https://cwsalerts.com/registration/
- Visit www.cityoforinda.org for updated information