Health Concerns in our Communities
Current PG&E Power Outage Updates
None at this time.
During heat waves, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the organization that runs the state's electric grid, can call for rotating outages statewide to protect the stability of the grid. Most utilities in the state – including PG&E have been called on to participate.'
These outages should last between 1 and 2 hours for most customers. These are not Public Safety Power Shutoffs due to extreme fire danger, and are not related to any issues with PG&E’s equipment or its ability to deliver energy locally.
Click here to look up your address and see if your home will be affected by the rotating power shutoff.
You can do your part to help prevent blackouts by conserving energy:
- Set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher.
- Running energy-intensive appliances during the early morning or after 9 p.m.
- Close drapes and blinds to keep rooms cool.
How to Prepare for a Power Outage
- Confirm or update your contact information with PG&E. PG&E will send notifications to the contacts we have on file in advance of a shutoff, when possible.
- Create a safety plan for all members of your family, including pets. A Public Safety Power Shutoff can happen at any time of day or night, due to changing weather conditions.
- Prepare an emergency supply kit. Include enough water and non-perishable food to last your household one week. Be sure to refresh your kit once a year.
- Determine if your landline will work during an outage. Keep a mobile phone as backup.
- Keep mobile phones and other devices charged.
- If you have a generator, make sure it's ready to operate safely.
- Have flashlights available for your household. Avoid using candles.
- Have a battery-powered or crank radio.
- Stock up on the right batteries for items you rely on. Include two extra sets in various sizes.
- Keep cash on hand and a full tank of gas. ATMs and gas stations may not be available during an outage.
- Learn how to manually open your garage or any other door that operates with electricity.
- Talk with your building manager if you live or work in a building that has elevators or electronic key card access to understand how they will deal with a possible multi-day outage.
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced that they may shut off power to some OUSD schools (and surrounding neighborhoods) as part of a new fire safety protocol due to gusty winds and dry conditions in the forecast. We are working to provide the most up-to-date information for dealing with these challenges.
If we learn that the power at your child's school will be turned off, we will:
- Send out a robocall to all students, families and staff at the affected schools as soon as possible.
- Post the list of closed schools on our website homepage: www.ousd.org
- Post information to our social media channels (@OUSDnews on Twitter and Facebook).
- Disseminate information to school sites to share with families.
Check the map to see if your neighborhood may be affected.
Learn more about planned power outages:
Learn how to prepare for a power outage:
Read the one pager FAQs about a PGE power outage from the Alameda County Office of Education.