Updates on PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs

October 11, 2019

Post-Power Outage FAQs

Friday, Oct. 11 — 12:38 p.m.

Power was restored to Sonoma State University yesterday at approximately 7 p.m. Network services and phones are functioning. Buildings remain locked as campus is closed.

To continue to serve our residential communities, residence halls are open and dining services are available for campus residents who have meal plans.

To enable our teams to inspect all buildings and prepare the campus to reopen, classes and activities remain canceled through Saturday, Oct. 12.

Previously scheduled classes and activities will resume on Sunday, Oct. 13. Dining services will continue to have limited hours through Sunday.

On Monday, Oct. 14, Sonoma State will reopen for classes and regular business operations.

Thursday, Oct. 10 — 7:30 p.m.

Power on campus has been restored and our facilities team is inspecting the campus to ensure all services affected by the power outage are fully functioning. Internet and network services are back up and functioning. All classes and activities remain canceled through Saturday, October 12. Classes and activities will resume Sunday, Oct.13. Normal business operations will resume Monday, Oct. 14.

Thursday, Oct. 10 — 2:20 p.m.

Given that SSU still does not have power, classes and activities are now canceled through Saturday, Oct. 12.

We are optimistic that power will be restored in the next 36 hours. Once power is restored, we then will inspect all facilities and prepare the campus to resume normal business operations.

We will provide updates as this situation unfolds. Specifically, an update about Sunday classes and activities will be provided no later than 5 p.m. on Friday.

Please continue to check the SSU home page and, when internet services are restored, your SSU email. You can also call the SSU hotline to listen to a recorded message about the status of the campus closure: 1-888-533-5388. Questions can be emailed to emergency@sonoma.edu

 

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 — 1:55 p.m.

All classes and activities remain canceled through Friday, October 11. Due to issues related to the power outage, we anticipate losing power to internet and network services on campus. Until further notice, the best way to receive campus updates will be the Sonoma State University Emergency Hotline at 1 (888) 533-5388. You can also check SSU social media: Facebook or Twitter.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 — 10:40 a.m.

PG&E shut off power to Sonoma State University late last night between midnight and 1 a.m. Classes, business operations, and activities are now canceled through Friday, October 11. Residence halls will remain open, as will dining services for campus residents who have meal plans.

All classes (including online) and activities (including athletic events, lectures, and performances) are canceled through Friday. Family Weekend also is canceled. A separate notification will go out to those registered for Family Weekend to ensure they receive this information.

Please do not come to campus during the closure. For safety reasons, we have locked all buildings except the residence halls and dining services facilities.

We will update the campus community about the status of weekend classes and other events by 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 10.

Our emergency management staff remain in close contact with Sonoma County Emergency Operations. PG&E has said that it may take up to five days to restore power in shutoff areas.

Please continue to check the SSU home page and your SSU email for updates. We recognize that many homes are affected by the shutdown, so we also encourage you to call the SSU hotline to listen to a recorded message about the status of the campus closure: 1-888-533-5388. Today between the hours of 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. you can speak to staff at the Emergency Call Center (707) 664-3911. Questions can be emailed to emergency@sonoma.edu.

For more information, please go to the Power Outage FAQ on SSU News. You can also check SSU social media:Facebook or Twitter. You also can check the PG&E website for the most current information about regional power shutoffs.

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community is our top priority. Please keep in mind that during power outages there are stoplight failures and other potential road hazards. We encourage everyone to put safety first for the health of our entire community.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 — 8 p.m.

We have now confirmed that the planned PG&E power outage will impact Sonoma State University. Classes, business operations, and activities are canceled until further notice. Residence halls will remain open, as will dining services for campus residents who have meal plans. Once PG&E initiates the power shutoff, we will secure and lock buildings (other than the residence halls) to ensure the safety of our campus community.

All classes (including online) and activities (including athletic events, lectures, and performances) are canceled. Please do not come to campus during the closure.

Our emergency management staff are in close contact with Sonoma County Emergency Operations. PG&E has said that it may take up to five days to restore power in shutoff areas.

Please continue to check the SSU home page and your SSU email for updates about the situation. We recognize that many homes will be affected in the shutdown, so we also encourage you to call the SSU hotline to listen to a recorded message about the status of the campus closure: 1-888-533-5388. Starting Wednesday, Oct. 9 (7 a.m. – 10 p.m.), you can speak to staff at the Emergency Call Center (707) 664-3911. You can also email emergency@sonoma.edu.

For more information, please go to the Power Outage FAQ on SSU News. You can also check SSU social media: Facebook or Twitter. You can also check the PG&E website for the most current information about regional power shutoffs.

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community is our top priority. Please keep in mind that during power outages there will be stoplight failures and other potential road hazards. We encourage everyone to put safety first for the health of our entire community. 

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 — 4:45 p.m.

PG&E is planning power outages throughout Sonoma County, but at this time, it's not certain whether Sonoma State will be directly impacted. As of now, we will remain open for classes and operations on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Please continue to check the SSU home page and your email for updates.

Due to the high probability of a power shutoff at SSU during the next 24 hours, we are asking all employees to unplug computers, copiers, fax machines, and all other electronics. Please also be sure to clean perishable food out of refrigerators before leaving campus today.

To keep everyone as up to date as possible, we will send out with another communication and update the website by 7:30 p.m. this evening.

We recognize that many homes will be affected in the shutdown, so we also encourage you to call the SSU hotline to listen to a recorded message about possible campus closures: 1-888-533-5388. Starting Wednesday, Oct. 9 you can speak to staff at the Emergency Call Center (707) 664-3911. The Center will run from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

What you should know about power outages:

  • These outages, known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs, are a precaution intended to reduce the risk of wildfires. Please know that when Sonoma State is affected, the university could be without power for up to 72 hours. 
  • If the outage lasts for multiple days, SSU will be closed until power is restored. Residence halls will remain open, as will culinary services for those who live on campus.
  • We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to be prepared for such outages by having emergency kits, including flashlights, available. 

What you can do:

  • Check the PG&E website for the most current information about potential power shutoffs.
  • For updates and emergency information from the County of Sonoma, visit www.socoemergency.org

 

Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 — 5:30 p.m.

Dear campus community,

Due to anticipated high winds and dry conditions this week, PG&E has announced plans to initiate Public Safety Power Shutoffs. One of the planned shutoffs may affect Sonoma State beginning Wednesday, Oct. 9. Campus emergency management staff remain in close contact with the county, and we will continue to update the campus with the most current information. 

Given the tentative nature of the planned shutoff, Sonoma State will remain open for classes and regular business operations. We will notify you via your SSU email and the SSU website if the decision is made to suspend classes and business operations. In such cases, residence halls will remain open. 

We realize that students, faculty and staff may be impacted by power outages at home. Students who are unable to get to campus to attend class need to contact their instructors directly. Employees unable to come to work need to contact their supervisors. 

These outages, known as Public Safety Power Shutoffs, are a precaution intended to reduce the risk of wildfires. If Sonoma State is affected by such a shutoff, the university could be without power for up to 72 hours. 

What you should know about power outages:

  • In the event of a planned PG&E power outage that occurs during a regular business day in Sonoma County and does not affect SSU, we will continue all operations and classes as usual.

  • If power is shut off or is planned to be shut off at SSU, we will announce the cancellation of classes and other activities (including athletic events, cultural events, lectures, concerts, etc.) as soon as possible to allow as much time as possible for appropriate planning.

  • If the power outage lasts for multiple days, SSU will be closed until power is restored. Residence Halls, however, will remain open. We encourage residence halls residents to be prepared for such an outage by having emergency kits, including flashlights, available.

What you can do:

Check the PG&E website for the most current information about potential power shutoffs.

Media Contact

Paul Gullixson