How to get PG&E to send you a text alert ahead of a power shutoff
Large swaths of the San Francisco Bay Area are expected to go dark as Pacific Gas and Electric turns off power to more than 800,000 customers to mitigate wildfire risk.
PG&E sends alerts to the email and phone contacts the company keeps on file ahead of a shut-off, and you can ensure the company has your information via your phone.
Text 976-33 with the word "enroll." PG&E will immediately send you prompts to follow. For example, you'll be asked to type in your zip code. Finally, you'll receive confirmation that you're set up for alerts.
You can also enroll in zip-code alerts by calling 1-877-9000-PGE. Notifications will be delivered via automated call.
The shut-off comes as dry and windy weather is forecast for the Bay Area, with gusts up to 50 mph Wednesday. The National Weather Service called the wildfire danger "extreme" and the event may bring the strongest offshore winds since the October 2017 North Bay fires.
The National Weather Service has a Red Flag Warning in effect for the North Bay mountains and valleys, and the East Bay hills and valleys Wednesday 5 a.m. to Thursday 5 p.m.
A warning is also in place for the Santa Cruz Mountains Wednesday 5 p.m. to Thursday at noon.
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