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Posted on: September 4, 2020

MAYOR'S MESSAGE - SEPTEMBER 4 - WEEKEND HEATWAVE INFORMATION

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Belvedere Residents, 

Please see the following message and tips from PG&E regarding potential power interruptions due to this weekend’s forecasted heat wave.  

Please note: If there is a rolling blackout, PG&E may not give further notice, but such outages are expected to last only one to three hours. Belvedere is prepared to open the Community Center as a resource facility if an outage extends beyond that time period. 

Please contact your block captain if you need further assistance.  Your block captain is listed HERE

Nancy Kemnitzer, Mayor  

Robert Zadnik, Emergency Preparedness Manager

FROM PG&E:

With triple-digit heat forecast for the three-day Labor Day weekend, the state’s grid operator is calling for afternoon and evening energy conservation as one way to make sure that the supply of power stays ahead of the demand.

The Flex Alert, called by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), has been issued for Saturday through Monday, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.  A Flex Alert is an urgent call by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) to conserve electricity and shift demand to off-peak hours. Conservation can generate 1,000 megawatts or more in electricity savings statewide—equal to the output of two large power plants.

Customers are asked to reduce their energy use from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. each day, Saturday through Monday, when air conditioners drive consumption. By doing so, customers can help make sure the state has enough supply to meet demand for electricity.

Some helpful tips for conserving power:

Avoid using electrical appliances and devices from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. Put off tasks such as vacuuming, laundry, dish washing and computer time until after 9 p.m.

  • Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher or turn it off if you will be away from home. Use a fan instead of air conditioning when possible.
  •  Draw drapes and turn off unnecessary lighting.
  • Limit the opening of refrigerators, which is a major user of electricity in most homes. The average refrigerator is opened 33 times a day.
  • Keep refrigerator full (with bottles of water if nothing else) and unplug your second refrigerator, if you have one.
  • Avoid using the oven. Instead, cook on the stove, use a microwave or grill outside.
  • Set your pool pump to run overnight instead of during the day.

PG&E Tips to Stay Safe and Cool 

  • Plan ahead: Check the weather forecast to prepare for hot days.
  • Have a buddy system: Check in on elderly or frail people.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water, even when you are not thirsty.
  • Stay cool: Take a cool shower or bath and wear lightweight, loose, light-colored clothing.
  • Stay safe: Stay out of direct sunlight and avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.

PG&E Tips to Prepare for a Power Outage

  • Keep important numbers (e.g., hospital, fire department, police, friends, relatives) near the phone.
  • Keep battery-operated flashlights and radios and extra batteries on hand.
  • Gather non-perishable food that doesn’t require cooking, as well as a manual can opener.
  • Freeze water-filled plastic jugs to make blocks of ice. Place them in the fridge and freezer to help prevent food from spoiling.
  • If you have a generator, make sure a licensed electrician properly installs it. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger to our crews.

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