Public Safety Power Shutoff Updates

November 20-21

11/20/2019, 10:08 am: Nevada County Update: PG&E has opened two Community Resource Centers (CRC) which will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through full re-energization.

The CRCs will provide restrooms, bottled water, electronic device charging stations, non-perishable snacks, ice, blankets upon request, and warm venue.

Locations include:
• Sierra College: 250 Sierra College Dr, Grass Valley, CA
• Nevada City Elks Lodge: 518 CA-49, Nevada City, CA

11/20/2019, 9:20 am: County facilities will be open if a PSPS event is implemented. County services in the following offices are continuing as usual, although some services may be limited due to access to power:
• Assessor’s Office
• Human Resources
• Board of Supervisors/ Clerk of the Board Office
• County Executive Office
• Behavioral Health
• Auditor-Controller
• Agricultural Commissioner
• Environmental Health
• District Attorney
• Treasurer/Tax-Collector
• Public Health
• Grass Valley Library
• Public Works
• Planning
• Social Services/Eligibility
• Building
• Juvenile Hall

The following buildings/offices will be closed to the public due to lack of access to power if a PSPS is implemented, however staff in these departments will continue to provide services remotely at alternative work stations:
• Public Defender
• Probation
• Clerk Recorder
• Madelyn Helling Library
• Bear River Library
• Penn Valley Library
• Doris Foley Library

11/20/2019, 8:37 am: Nevada County Update: Nevada County Office of Emergency Services has received a notice from PG&E that de-energization has been delayed for Nevada County until 11:00 A.M. We will provide updates as we receive them.

11/20/19, 6:24 am: Nevada County Update: Nevada County Superintendent of Schools has announced which schools will be open today, Wednesday 11/20/2019:

Chicago Park
Clear Creek
Grass Valley School District
Grizzly Hill School
Nevada City School District
Nevada Joint Union High School District
Union Hill
Earle Jamieson
Forest Charter

These schools are OPEN:
Bitney Prep
Echo Ridge Christian
Forest Lake Christian
NCSOS Office
Nevada City School of Arts
Penn Valley Union School Dist
Pleasant Ridge School District
Sierra College, Grass Valley Campus
Sierra College, Grass Valley Child Development Center
Washington School

11/19/2019, 3:47 P.M.: If you have essential medical equipment that requires electricity, either have a plan to relocate temporarily to a location that still has power, have a safe backup power source, or plan to use one of PG&E’s Community Resource Centers, which are open from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Some relocation options include: reaching out to friends or family who will have generator power in the area, or who live outside of the affected area (such as Yuba City, Roseville, Rocklin, and Truckee). If this is not an option, consider hotels that are open in the area or hotels in unaffected areas.

FREED Center for Independent Living also has access to limited resources to assist individuals who rely on medical equipment that requires electricity. Call 2-1-1 or 1-833-DIAL-211 if you have these specific needs.

11/19/2019, 1:02 P.M.: If a PSPS is implemented, PG&E will open the following Community Resource Centers (CRC) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and through full re-energization. Locations include:
• Sierra College: 250 Sierra College Dr, Grass Valley, CA
• Nevada City Elks Lodge: 518 CA-49, Nevada City, CA
The CRCs will provide restrooms, bottled water, electronic device charging stations, non-perishable snacks, ice, blankets upon request, and warm venue.
If power is shutoff, County of Nevada will also open a County Warming Shelter. Hours of operation will be 4:00 p.m. Wednesday 11/20/2019 through 8:00 a.m. Thursday 11/21/2019.
• United Methodist Church, 236 South Church Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945
• First come, first serve (25 cots available) basis
• Amenities will include: cots, water, a warm environment, and minimal charging stations

11/19/2019, 10:59 A.M.: Find local Nevada County Updates and information on how best to prepare for this week’s potential PSPS event at Learn more about which areas of Nevada County will remain with power, generator safety, food safety tips, HiLo sirens, Go Bags, CodeRED, and more.

11/19/2019, 9:41 A.M.: PG&E has communicated an update in potential PSPS timing. De-energization for Nevada County is now anticipated to be conducted at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The “weather all clear” is still expected to begin at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2019.

11/18/2019, 1:17 P.M.: Pacific Gas and Electric Company has informed Nevada County Office of Emergency Services if a PSPS is implemented, de-energization is anticipated to begin in Nevada County at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday 11/20/2019, with a “weather all clear” predicted for 8:00 A.M. Thursday 11/21/2019. Timing is weather dependent and may change. If we received updated time frames, we will share this information as soon as possible.

A “weather all clear” is given after extreme weather has passed and it is safe for crews to begin inspection of power lines.

PG&E is monitoring a potentially strong offshore wind event on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Learn more about the potential Public Safety Power Shutoff by visiting PG&E’s website or call PG&E’s 24-hour power outage information center at 1-800-743-5002.

Links to information from PG&E:

Be sure PG&E has your current contact information. Customers may update information by phone at 1-866-743-6589 and 1-866-743-6589 for assistance in Spanish.

Start preparing now for another potential PSPS:

  • Charge your devices
  • Stock up on water if you are on a well
  • Fuel up your cars and generators
  • Stock up on supplies (food, batteries, etc.)
  • Withdraw cash from your bank or ATM

A Public Safety Power Shutoff means there is a high fire risk in our area. Now is the time to prepare for wildfire:

Find more information and checklists in the Office of Emergency Services’ 2019 Ready, Set, Go! Guide