Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)

What Is A PSPS?

A Public Safety Power Shutoff is an operational practice CPI may use to shut off power in high-risk fire areas to reduce fire risks during extreme and potentially dangerous weather conditions.

When Will A Public Safety Power Shutoff Occur?

Many factors can influence whether a PSPS is necessary: the National Weather Service’s Red Flag Warnings–sustained high winds and low humidity, public safety concerns, and “boots on the ground” live reports.

How Will CPI Communicate To Members Before And After A PSPS Event?

Whenever possible, CPI will attempt to notify members approximately 72 to 48 hours in advance of a potential PSPS event and again approximately 24 hours before deenergizing the lines. CPI also intends to provide additional notifications throughout the outage, when power has been shut off and when it has been restored. However, situations may prevent CPI from providing notice as the actual onset of extreme weather conditions and other circumstances beyond CPI’s control may disrupt coordination and notification efforts.

CPI will notify members using automated calls, the CPI webpage, and social media.

How Long Will It Last?

Power will remain out for as long as extreme and dangerous weather conditions pose a potential fire risk. Depending on the severity of the weather and other factors, power outages could last several hours or multiple days – so it’s important to have an emergency plan in place.

How Long Before My Power Is Restored?

Even after a PSPS ends, CPI crews will need to visually inspect the power lines before restoring power. These inspections can only occur during daylight hours as operations are limited during overnight hours.

Members should prepare to be without power for an extended time during a PSPS.

How To Prepare?

Generator Safety Tips

Food Safety/Spoilage

Additional Preparedness Resources