UPDATE: Nevada Joint Union district to reopen Wednesday
UPDATE at 9:36 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27
From a release:
Due to the continued impact of PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shut-off to our region and schools, all NJUHSD schools will be closed today, Tuesday, October 27th. This includes all in-person and distance education.
We anticipate power restoration throughout the day today and we are planning for normal school operations tomorrow, October 28th.
Thank you once again for your patience,
Assistant Superintendent, Nevada Joint Union High School District
UPDATE at 12:25 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26
Brandi Merlo, of PG&E’s Marketing & Communications team, said the private utility company’s meteorology team anticipate more favorable weather conditions than originally predicted.
Merlo said Monday some areas of Nevada County have the “all clear” to begin their search for damaged or downed power lines. The cleared areas include Penn Valley, Lake Wildwood, South County and west of Lake of the Pines.
“They will patrol by helicopter, vehicle and foot,” Merlo said. “We’ve done a lot of work to figure out where we need to fly, drive and walk.”
Merlo said once PG&E gets the all clear then they will be able to restore power. The communications specialist anticipates re-energizing Nevada County entirely by Tuesday evening.
UPDATE at 10:50 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26
From a release:
The County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services (OES) is offering local small business owners, with 25 employees or less, masks and hand sanitizer at no cost. This personal protective equipment (PPE) has been made available to California small businesses through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) in collaboration with the Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA).
To request PPE, business owners are asked to complete one application online per company in advance of picking up PPE. Businesses may request PPE online at: http://www.MyNevadaCounty.com/PPE.
PPE will be available for pick up in western Nevada County at three locations: the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Nevada County Contractors’ Association, and ZAP Manufacturing. In Truckee, small businesses may pick up PPE from the Truckee Chamber of Commerce.
Grass Valley PPE Pickup Locations:
Please note hours of operation vary.
Grass Valley Chambers of Commerce
128 E Main St, Grass Valley, CA 95945
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Monday-Friday
Nevada County Contractors’ Association
149 Crown Point Court, Suite A, Grass Valley, CA 95945
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday
12086 Charles Dr, Grass Valley, CA 95945
8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM Saturdays
Truckee PPE Pickup Location:
Truckee Chamber of Commerce
10065 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, CA 96161
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday
UPDATE at 7:17 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25:
From a release:
Good Evening NJUHSD Family,
Due to PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff and the large impact on our region, all NJUHSD schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, October 26th. This includes all in-person and distance education.
We are monitoring the PSPS event closely and will provide further updates about school operations beyond Monday by this time tomorrow evening.
Dan Frisella, Assistant Superintendent, Nevada Joint Union High School District
The power outage, which could begin between 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday, has an expected restoration time of 10 p.m. Tuesday for some addresses.
The outage is estimated to affect around 466,000 customers across north and central California, PG&E said.
“High fire-risk conditions are expected to arrive Sunday morning,” a release states. “High winds are currently expected to subside Tuesday morning (Oct. 27). PG&E will then patrol the de-energized lines to ensure they were not damaged during the wind event. PG&E will safely restore power as quickly as possible, with the goal of restoring most customers within 12 daylight hours, based on current weather conditions.”
According to http://www.readynevadacounty.org, people can prepare for a PSPS by taking the following actions:
- If you are using a generator during a PSPS event, please make sure to use your generator safely.
- Take inventory of items you need that rely on electricity.
- If you have medication that requires refrigeration, have a plan for appropriate storage in the event of a PSPS. If you are unsure about what this may mean, please contact your pharmacist.
- If you have essential medical equipment that requires electricity, either have a plan to relocate temporarily to a location that still has power, have a safe backup power source, or plan to use one of PG&E’s Community Resource Centers, which are open during daylight hours.
- Stock up on batteries, flashlights, and nonperishable foods.
- Have a back-up charging device if you are able.
- If you are on a well and you lose water when you lose power, then store plenty of water for drinking, cleaning and flushing.
- Keep your car fueled up, and if you have an electronic garage door opener, don’t park in your garage unless you can easily open your garage door manually.
- Be sure to use generators, camp stoves or charcoal grills outdoors only. Do not use a gas stove for heat.
- Lastly, we encourage everyone to watch out for your family, friends and neighbors. Reach out to friends and family who you think may need additional information or support.
Find more PSPS preparedness tips at http://www.ReadyNevadaCounty.org/PSPS.
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