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City of Vallejo
January 15, 2020

For more information: 

Allison Mattioli, Administrative Analyst II, allison.mattioli@cityofvallejo.net, (707) 648-4577

PG&E ALERTS CUSTOMERS: HAVE A PLAN FOR COLD, WET, AND WINDY WEATHER
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VALLEJO, CA – On January 14, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) advised customers to have a plan for cold, wet, and windy weather, and be prepared for potential unexpected outages due to approaching weather expected this week. 

PG&E meteorologists are forecasting a change in the weather pattern over Northern and Central California later this week, with the most impactful storm of this pattern starting Wednesday afternoon, with wind, rain, and mountain snow through Thursday.  Unsettled weather may continue over the weekend and into the following week. 

The following are PG&E’s Storm Safety tips to help residents prepare:

• Never touch downed wires: If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and extremely dangerous. Do not touch or try to move it - and keep children and animals away. Report downed power lines immediately by calling 911 and by calling PG&E at 1-800-743-5002.

Use flashlights, not candles: During a power outage, use battery-operated flashlights, and not candles, due to the risk of fire. If you must use candles, please keep them away from drapes, lampshades, pets and small children. Do not leave candles unattended.
Have a backup phone: If you have a telephone system that requires electricity to work, such as a cordless phone or answering machine, plan to have a standard telephone or cellular phone ready as a backup.
Have fresh drinking water, ice: Freeze plastic containers filled with water to make blocks of ice that can be placed in your refrigerator/freezer during an outage to prevent foods from spoiling. Blue Ice from your picnic cooler also works well in the freezer.
Secure outdoor furniture: Deck furniture, lightweight yard structures and decorative lawn items should be secured as they can be blown by high winds and damage overhead power lines or property.
Use generators safely: Customers with standby electric generators should make sure they are properly installed by a licensed electrician in a well-ventilated area. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger to customers, as well as crews working on power lines. If using portable generators, be sure they are in a well-ventilated area.
Turn off appliances: If you experience an outage, unplug or turn off all electrical appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.
Safely clean up: After the storm has passed, be sure to safely clean up. Never touch downed wires and always call 811 or visit 811express.com at least two full business days before digging to have all underground utilities safely marked.

For additional PG&E tips and information, please visit www.pge.com/weather

For additional information on preparing for winter storms, including information on free sandbags, please click here

For information on community resources, including emergency meals and shelters please click here.  

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About City of Vallejo
The City of Vallejo, California is located in the Bay Area. The City serves a population nearly 122,000 people with a full service operation that includes police, fire, water, community planning, public works, and related professional administrative services. The city is home to a wealth of culture, attractions and events from the popular theme park Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, to museums, parks, music venues, art galleries, and theaters. One of the great small towns of Northern California, Vallejo’s residents, businesses and City Council are working together to help make Vallejo a safe and clean place to live, work, and to enjoy all the attractions and events. 

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