PSPS Planning Resources Will Help Counties Protect Residents
October 25, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sara Floor, Communications Manager, 916-327-7500, ext 516
SACRAMENTO – With two major fires burning in California, CSAC commends the work of California’s Office of Emergency Services, CalFire and local first responders to protect our most precious resource, our citizens. In light of these active wildfire events, and as part of ongoing advocacy to support safer, improved Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events, the California State Association of Counties responds to the Administration’s release of funding for counties.
“We appreciate CalOES for recognizing the catastrophic impact that PSPS events have on California Counties. The distribution of $26 million to counties from the state budget, with added clarity in how funds can be used, will help counties plan and prepare for these events while protecting community members,” said CSAC Executive Director Graham Knaus. “Advanced planning, training, coordination, and updating emergency plans, combined with infrastructure preparedness will help ease the burden of being without power for extended periods of time. However, with 45 counties facing possible de-energization events between now and Monday, the need is great and growing. We will continue to advocate for the resources and guidance our communities need to protect our residents during these events.”
CSAC remains committed to helping counties navigate the complex
landscape of PSPS events to prevent wildfires. CSAC staff, along
with CalOES and county representatives will discuss the funding
and other topics via a webinar, “How Counties Can Prepare for
Public Safety Power Shutoff Events,” on Wednesday,
October 30, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm.
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