Fall-E-newsletter-2020-WildfireWith the latest outbreak of California wildfires, knowing how to evacuate safely and where to turn for resources amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is critical. According to the Community Wildfire Safety Program under the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) company, they will continue to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety as a precaution.

The County of Santa Clara encourages community members to have a plan ready in the event of an evacuation during the fire season. Evacuation warnings and orders are crucial to follow. If there were a need to evacuate, PG&E is enhancing and expanding their efforts to reduce wildfire risks and keeping our community safe and prepared. This includes the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). A PSPS could mean that you might be without power for several days, even if you do not live in an area that is considered a high fire-threat. PG&E customers can stay up to date with important updates related to your electricity by signing up online for PG&E Alerts. Additionally, Santa Clara County community can stay informed and receive local emergency alerts via email or phone by signing up for AlertSCC to receive alerts promptly and directly for free.

While some individuals may rely on electricity more than others for medical reasons, PG&E has collaborated with the California Foundation for Independent Living (CFILC) to fund resources to help prepare for disasters and power outages. The CFILC will determine who qualifies for resources where medical needs and income will be considered.

Resources include:

  • Portable backup power
  • Emergency preparedness assistance
  • Accessible transportation
  • Hotel vouchers and food stipends
  • Medical Baseline application assistance

Find out what resources may be available to you and your loved ones to stay safe. Contact a Community Resource Specialist at (408) 350-3200, option 1.