CPUC TO HOLD WORKSHOP IN SAN DIEGO SEPT. 28 TO EXPLORE IMPROVEMENTS TO UTILITY EMERGENCY PLANNING AND LOCAL COORDINATION

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September 21, 2018 - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold a public workshop in San Diego to examine existing emergency coordination and communication efforts by electric and water utilities with local and state government agencies and other stakeholders, and consider the need for new rules and regulations.

WHEN: Friday, September 28, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:

       In person: San Diego County Operations Center, Hearing Room, 5520 Overland Ave., San Diego

       Listen-only call-in number: 877-820-7831, passcode 409716

       WebEx: https://centurylinkconferencing.webex.com/centurylinkconferencing/j.php?MTID=m7eaa518088e0e9bacc000d0cde8e5271; meeting number 711 366 151, password Uepdrw2

The issues to be addressed at the workshop will include communication protocols with communities during emergencies, including the ability of utilities to reach communities in remote locations, rural areas, customers with medical needs, and other potentially hard to reach populations in the event of a public safety emergency.

This is the second public workshop in the CPUC’s ongoing proceeding regarding water and electric utility emergency planning and disaster preparedness. Local government emergency planners, public works water and electrical engineers, first responders, public policy analysts, and all other interested persons are encouraged to attend and provide input to the CPUC on this important topic.

Documents related to this proceeding are available at: https://apps.cpuc.ca.gov/apex/f?p=401:56:0::NO:RP,57,RIR:P5_PROCEEDING_SELECT:R1506009, including a Scoping Memo that outlines the issues the CPUC will seek to resolve and questions to be considered in the proceeding. The Scoping Memo also provides a public workshop schedule. Information is also available on the CPUC’s proceeding webpage at: http://cpuc.ca.gov/General.aspx?id=6442457399.

While a quorum of Commissioners and/or their staff may attend, no official action will be taken.

If specialized accommodations are needed to attend, such as non-English language interpreters, please contact the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office at public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov or toll free at 866-849-8390 at least five business days in advance of the hearing.

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The CPUC regulates services and utilities, protects consumers, safeguards the environment, and assures Californians’ access to safe and reliable utility infrastructure and services.  For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.