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Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)

Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)

For more than 15 years, 211 San Diego and SDG&E have worked hand in hand to leverage innovative approaches and partnerships to keep our region safe. California’s climate conditions have extended our fire season to a year-round battle against the possibility of stronger and faster fires than we’ve seen in our history. We are proud to partner with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to build awareness and support our community during possible Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).

What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)?


If high fire-risk weather conditions threaten our electrical system, SDG&E may need to temporarily turn off electricity, to prevent unnecessary wildfire triggers. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff, or PSPS. Every situation is unique and SDG&E will monitor local environmental conditions as well as weather conditions including:

High Winds

and Strong Wind Gusts


Fire Threat

to Electric Infrastructure


Low Humidity Levels



Real-Time Observations

by a state-of-the-art weather sensor network


Dry Vegetation

that could serve as fuel for a wildfire


Red Flag Warning

declared by the National Weather Service

This is a carefully considered decision with many critical factors taken into account and always as a last resort.

Wildfire Safety Advancements



Community Resource Centers

A Public Safety Power Shutoff can last until fire risk conditions are no longer a threat. SDG&E may open Community Resource Centers in affected areas.

These facilities serve as locations where impacted residents can go to get preparedness materials, ice, water, snacks, car power inverters, small solar-powered batteries and radios, and get up-to-date information on outages.

Find Locations


How You Can Prepare

While PSPS events are more likely to occur in high fire-risk areas, everyone should be prepared with a plan in the event of a fire or other emergency. Find more information and resources in SDG&E’s Wildfire Safety Newsletter.

  • Have a personal safety plan in place for every member of your household (including pets).
  • Plan for any medical needs like medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power.
  • Build or restock your emergency supply kit, including food, water, flashlights, a radio, fresh batteries, first aid supplies, and cash.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones.
  • Learn how to manually open your garage door
  • If you own a backup generator, ensure it is ready to safely operate.

Sign Up for Alerts

You can sign up for PSPS voice, text, and email notifications through SDG&E. They will attempt to notify you up to 48 hours before power is shut off and as more information is available. 

Sign Up

Alerts by SDG&E

SDG&E’s PSPS mobile app helps you get information and updates on potential and active PSPS events. You can track outage statuses, find Community Resource Centers near you, and get real-time estimated restoration times. View the Alerts by SDG&E flyer here.

Learn More 


Follow SDG&E on social media for the most updated information.

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