Business Town Hall: Preparing Your Business for Power Outages

Business Town Hall: Preparing Your Business for Power Outages

July 9, 2021

To protect its customers and community from the risk of extreme weather, NV Energy may turn off power in extreme fire-risk areas during wildfire season. This is known as Public Safety Outage Management (PSOM).

A virtual Business Town Hall was held Tuesday, July 20th. Recording of the session will be posted here when available. Over 100 people attended the Town Hall to hear critical information to help them understand and prepare for these prolonged power outages.

TDPUD provided information on what a PSOM is, the timing and methods of notifications to expect. Western Nevada County went through this last year with PG&E’s power shut offs, similar events known as Public Safety Power Shutoff events or PSPS. Western Nevada County businesses shared lessons learned and real-world information on how they prepared including: business impacts, refrigeration, staff communications, generators, POS systems, messaging to customers and visitors, and more. Critical information on generator safety and proper permitting for hooking generators up was also provided.

To learn more about PSOM’s, the TDPUD has a page on their website with information on how to prepare and what to expect at tdpud.org/departments/psom.

This Town Hall was presented in collaboration with: Town of Truckee, Nevada County, Truckee Donner Public Utility District, Truckee Chamber of Commerce, Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, and Visit Truckee-Tahoe.