Be Prepared, Public Safety Power Shutdown…it’s Real

safety inspector observing powerlines

Wednesday, November 20, 2019. 6 - 8 pm

For public safety, it may be necessary for all power companies to turn off electricity when gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with heightened fire risk, are forecast. This is called a “Public Safety Power Shutoff” or “PSPS.”

While customers in high fire-threat areas are more likely to be affected, any of PG&E’s more than 5 million electric customers could have their power shut off. This is because the energy system relies on power lines working together to provide electricity across cities, counties and regions.

About our Speaker

Stewart “Stew” Roth is a Senior Public Safety Specialist with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. As a Sr. PSS, he works with First Responders, CERT’s and Communities providing training, response and logistical support. Prior to coming to PG&E, Stew served almost 40 years in the Fire Service leaving as a Division Chief in charge of Training, Safety and Special Operations. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business and he is recognized as a California State Fire Marshal’s Office Master Instructor. He is married with 3 children and they make their home in Carmel Valley.