Saturday’s power shutdown situation unclear

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Update: A new outage map from PG&E seems to forecast a more extensive power shutdown this Saturday than had been previously announced.

But the utility’s address lookup function still shows as unaffected locations designated for shutdown on the map.

Asked for clarification, PG&E spokesperson Deanna Contreras said, "We continually update our city and county partners about potential events for planning purposes so they can align their emergency services,  but right now I do not have any concrete details on which or what parts of particular counties will be impacted by the next potential PSPS event. We are still monitoring the weather forecasts and will have more details by Friday."

City of Arcata press release

Arcata, CA, October 25, 2019 – PG&E has confirmed that all Humboldt County customers may lose power in the early afternoon on Saturday, October 26. This includes the City of Arcata. Residents should prepare for an extended power outage which could last for several days.

This outage is currently forecasted to last up to four days. Outage estimates are subject to change at any time based on shifts in weather patterns, PG&E ground inspections and repairs to potentially damaged equipment caused by the anticipated winds. The length of the outage and estimated time of restoral is entirely up to PG&E.

The City is in the process of preparing for the shutdown and will continue to communicate with the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services for updates.

City staff are making preparations to host a City-sponsored Community Relief Center (CRC) at the Arcata Community Center, located at 321 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway. The Center will provide charging stations for medical devices, medical treatments and charging stations for cell phones, with priority given to those with medical needs.

It is anticipated that the City of Arcata CRC will begin operations in the early afternoon on Saturday, October 26, and it will be open until 6 PM each day it is operational. We will provide more information

as it becomes available.

Arcata House Partnership is preparing to offer meals to community members in need during the anticipated power outage. Meals will be provided at City of Arcata CRC and at The Arcata House Partnership Annex, located at 501 9th Street in Arcata.

Arcata House Partnership and the Arcata Police Department are preparing to deliver meals to community members with mobility or transportation challenges in the event of a power outage. Please call the Arcata House Partnership at 707-298-7610 or the Arcata Police Department at 707-822-2424 to arrange for meal delivery.

Arcata House Partnership is seeking assistance from volunteers and donations of food and ice. Interested volunteers or donors are asked to call 707-298-7610 for more information.

Humboldt State University is preparing for the possibility of a power shutdown. For Humboldt State University power outage updates, please visit or call 707-826-INFO (4636).

We will continue to update the homepage of the City’s website at as new information becomes available.

To sign up for City of Arcata Emergency Notifications via CodeRED, City News eNotifications and for more information on what to do during a power outage, please visit




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