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October 23, 2020

Dear Saint Mary’s Community,

Due to anticipated severe weather (high winds, low humidity), PG&E has called for a Public Safety Power Shut-Off (PSPS) for the Lamorinda area beginning 4 p.m. Sunday, October 25 and ending on the morning of Wednesday, October 28.

Saint Mary’s Facilities Services is currently working with its vendor to switch to generated power in anticipation of this event. When the switch occurs, there will be a temporary loss of power before the generator takes over. We plan to alert the campus community before the switch occurs. Notifications will be up-to-date on MySMC as well.  

The generated power for the campus should support all anticipated needs in buildings that are in use at this time including residence halls, dining, recreation center, academic buildings and pavilions, and most administrative buildings. Even with this back-up energy plan, the Lamorinda area will be impacted so we recommend that all make preparations for a broader impact (e.g. traffic lights out, street lights off, stores not open). Emergency preparation also includes having a flashlight, portable chargers, and batteries.

Please check MySMC Portal Campus Notifications for updates to this PSPS event at the College. Additionally, if you have not done so already, please sign up for Nixle alerts for the Town of Moraga and the area where you live for up-to-date information on local public safety concerns.

For students who are living off-campus in the impacted Moraga area, the Brother Urban Gregory Pavilion (BUG Parking Lot Pavilion) to the left of the Public Safety Gate is available for off-campus student WiFi use for online classes for the period of the power outage.  We are also looking into other solutions off-campus and will update you through the Campus Notifications located on MySMC Portal. If you do come to campus to use this space, please be advised that facial coverings are required (though you can get WiFi in your car) and you will need to maintain physical distance of 6 feet from any other person in the space. Please be prepared to show your Daily Health Screen and student ID at the Public Safety Gate where an officer will log your name.

Jane Camarillo

Incident Management Team