Wildfire Prevention and Preparedness

There are steps we can all take to help prepare and protect our homes and families from wildfires. If you are affected by wildfires, know that there are partners in all levels of government ready to help.

Provided within this webpage is information about preparing for wildfire as well as resources from other organizations in the community. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at (925) 328-1515.
 

Wildfire Preparedness

For more information on how to prepare for a disaster, download our brochure:

Sign up for emergency and fire-related alerts to your cell phone or home phone from your counties’ emergency alert systems:

  • If you live in Contra Costa County: To register to receive fire evacuation alerts (and other emergency alerts) from Contra Costa County’s Community Warning System (CWS), please go online to this link: https://cwsalerts.com/
  • If you live in Alameda County: To register to receive fire evacuation alerts (and other emergency alerts) from Alameda County’s emergency alert system, please go online to this link: https://www.acgov.org/emergencysite/

Additional Preparedness Resources

Your Local Fire Districts

All of our Districts Fire Departments have outlined on their websites different steps residents can take to help prevent fires. Each departments is a little different and many of them offer training programs! Please find some time to review your local department’s best practices as we approach fire season.

 

PG&E Information and Resources

I want to assure you that we are working to hold PG&E accountable and ensure they provide reliable and safe service, especially given the recent outages in parts of the district. We are also working with our public safety partners to ensure that individuals with medical needs are safe during power outages. Your safety is our number one priority, but PG&E also needs to ensure reliable service. Please keep reading for important resources.

General Wildfire Safety Program Information

Public Safety Power Shutoff Notifications

If PG&E plans to conduct Public Safety Power Shutoffs in your community, you will receive an alert 48 hours in advance of the start of the shut off with a "Watch" Notification. You will also receive subsequent "Warning" notifications 24 hours in advance, 1 hour before and during the shut off.  

  • Sign up for updates related to Public Safety Power Shutoffs by visiting www.pge.com/mywildfirealerts
  • Those who are interested in ZIP Code notifications can sign up for voice or text message alerts by calling 1-877-900-0743 or texting “ENROLL” to 97633. More information about the tool is available at pge.com/pspszipcodealerts
  • You can contact PG&E to inquire about when your power will be restored after a shutoff by calling: 1-800-743-5002 or view their outage map.  

Public Safety Power Shutoff Updates

  • Public Safety Power Shutoff – Information about the program, including steps you can take to prepare, how a PSPS works, an overview of our PSPS notifications, restoration information and helpful resources to download. 
  • PSPS Event Information – During an event, the latest event maps, community resource center locations and more information will be available.   

Medical Baseline Program

If you or someone you know relies on medical equipment that uses electricity, consider signing up for the PG&E Medical Baseline program. This program will ensure that participants get extra time to make arrangements in the case of a shutoff. PG&E has expanded the Medical Baseline program to more people and made it easier to sign up by not needing a doctor to sign off.  

Learn more and submit an application:  www.pge.com/medicalbaseline  or call 1-800-743-5000

You may also qualify for a free back-up battery: www.pge.com/pspsbattery  

Vegetation Management

For more information about PG&E vegetation management visiting their webpage

In the Event of a Power Shutoff 

EBMUD will stage generators at critical facilities in preparation for a PSPS event. EBMUD strike teams will mobilize to maintain continuous operations during this period. If you are impacted by a PSPS outage, please conserve water by reducing indoor water use and shutting off outdoor irrigation.

  •  Customers can use the map of affected areas leading up to and during a PSPS to determine if they will be impacted by the shutoff.
  •  They will provide up-to-date information on their website and on social media pages.

 BART Service

BART should have uninterrupted service, and BART stations in affected areas will be running on generators. Some stations might have intermittent power outages, affecting elevators, escalators, and lights. You can sign-up for alerts here.  

Traffic Safety

 During a PSPS event, most traffic lights will go out once battery backup is exhausted. Treat all depowered traffic signals as a four way stop. Drive slow and be cautious when moving through depowered intersections.

Assistance for Elderly and Infirm

Police will conduct welfare checks by request by calling the nonemergency number, but please check on your elderly and infirm neighbors, friends and family to take some of the stress off of Police Services during the PSPS.

North Orinda Shaded Fuel Break Information

The North Orinda Shaded Fuel Break has been completed. This 14 mile long fuel break is located along the northern boundary of Moraga, Orinda, and Lafayette. The project area extends from the eastern portions of Tilden Regional Park to Pleasant Hill Road near Acalanes High School This area is currently “High” and “Very High” fire hazard because of decades of fuel load build-up and seasonal hot, dry winds.

This project is necessary to protect approximately 560,000 residents in 30 communities near the Fuel Break location.  The fuel break will also protect residential water supply, endangered species habitat, recreational areas, power transmission lines that support much of the Bay Area, and telecommunication towers. It will also give firefighting resources the upper hand when combating wildfire in the future. CAL FIRE has incorporated protection of the environment into the design of this project.