Blogging Bayport Alameda

October 9, 2019

Powerpocalypse maybe

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

Yeah so you might lose power today so I hope every one has charged all their devices beforehand and prepared themselves to pick up their kids early.   Just in case.

From AUSD:

As many of you have heard, PG&E is planning Public Safety Power Shutoffs this week, which may start early Wednesday morning due to weather conditions.

Our local utility, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), does not believe we will experience power outages here in Alameda this week. In the future, however, a PG&E power shutoff could result in a power outage in Alameda, as AMP uses PGE&E’s transmission lines.

Please be assured that we have plans and procedures in place to prepare for such an outage, and we are in touch with AMP, the City of Alameda, and the Alameda County Office of Education about what would happen in those situations and how we should respond.

To monitor power shutoffs in nearby communities, please refer to PG&E’s map at Please be aware, however, that this map cannot be used to track planned power shutoffs in Alameda, as we are not on the PG&E grid.

How to Stay Informed about Outages at AUSD Schools

In the event that schools need to be closed, we will:

● Send out a robocall, text, and email to all students, families and staff at the affected schools the day or evening before the planned outage

● Post the list of closed schools on our homepage:

● Post information to our social media channels Twitter (@AUSDNews) Facebook (Alameda Unified School District)

● Disseminate information to school sites to share with families

While we have no control over these types of power outages, we want to emphasize that we are developing plans, we are in touch with our local and regional partners as to best practices, and are doing our very best to be prepared so that we can keep students and staff safe and families informed.


  1. Thanks for the update. But really, is a power shutoff for 800,000 people really necessary? This unfairly affects the poor, the elderly, and the physically disabled-especially if it goes on for days. Even Gov. Newsome said we should be “outraged,” which I find ironic as he tries to deflect the blame. Bad forestry practices by the State, poor or negligent line maintenance by PG&E, and indefensible housing decisions with people allowed to build or rebuild homes in fire areas mean this may be the new normal. It seems to me that if every time the wind blows we shut off all power we need to switch from lawyers being in charge to engineers who can figure out how to shut off power to affected high fire areas only.

    Comment by Concerned — October 9, 2019 @ 7:11 am

  2. No classes at AUSD tomorrow anyway b/c teacher development

    Comment by MP — October 9, 2019 @ 7:54 am

    • That’s actually Friday, ie the other tomorrow.

      Comment by dave — October 9, 2019 @ 8:45 am

      • Sorry, I was excited about no school. You are correct: OCTOBER 11 No school

        Comment by MP — October 9, 2019 @ 9:41 am

  3. Since AMP “does not expect any impact to the city at this time,” I have invited my friends who live in the affected areas to come on over to Alameda!

    Comment by trow125 — October 9, 2019 @ 10:15 am

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