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Public Safety Power Shutoffs: What you need to know

Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) are preventative measures used to mitigate wildfire risks during extreme weather conditions by temporarily shutting off power in high-risk areas. Here’s how this affects you as a public power customer: Although you receive electricity from your local public power utility, it first travels through the PacifiCorp transmission system. During a PSPS, PacifiCorp may shut down high-voltage transmission lines in high-risk areas, leading to temporary power outages for customers. The duration depends on the conditions and the time needed for inspections and repairs. Power is restored once it is deemed safe. While we strive to provide uninterrupted service, factors like Public Safety Power Shutoffs are beyond our control. During a PSPS event, you may experience power outages lasting from several hours to a few days, depending on the severity of the weather conditions and the time required to inspect and restore the power lines safely. Assemble an emergency kit with essentials like non-perishable food, water, flashlights, and a battery-powered radio. Ensure you have a backup power for any medical devices and use generators only in safe, well-ventilated areas. For more details visit:

**NOTE** A PSPS will affect all electric utility services in Washington County

 –Power Department

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