The recent Public Safety Power Shut-Offs were intended to avert the risk of fire caused by electrical infrastructure but created other risks, costs, and impacts.

The Local Government Commission (LGC) is conducting a brief survey of local governments to learn about the impacts of the Power Shut-Offs on your community, and communities around the State. Through LGC's coalitions, publications, and events, the survey results will be used to inform LGC advocacy to help raise broad awareness about the challenges experienced by local governments in the face of Power Shut-Offs.  

This brief survey should take no more than 10 minutes, and only asks for estimates and examples. Survey responses will be aggregated or used without attribution. Organizations will not be identified by name in any published results unless permission is provided.  

Because this issue is front of mind for many leaders and policymakers, we are acting quickly and would like a response by November 18th. Please reach out to Grace Kaufman at gkaufman@lgc.org should you have any questions.

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* 1. How significantly do you think the power shut off impacted your agency’s operations (considering all the functions of your organization):

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* 2. How much effort did your agency put into preparation before the power shut off?

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* 3. How much did the power shut off cost your agency (considering staff time, equipment, tax revenue etc.)?

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* 4. What were the top three impacts of the power shut off to your agency? (examples include ‘disrupted communications’ or ‘extra fuel costs for generators’)

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* 5. Do you have any additional details you would like to share about the impacts of the power shut off to your agency?

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* 6. What were the top three impacts of the power shut off to your community? (examples include ‘public safety concerns’ or ‘business disruption’)

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* 7. Do you have any additional details you would like to share about the impacts of the power shut off to your community?

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* 8. What actions is your agency thinking of taking to better prepare for future power shut-offs?

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* 9. What do you estimate those actions may cost your agency?

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* 10. What is the name of your jurisdiction?

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* 11. What is the population of your jurisdiction?

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* 12. What is your name and title?

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* 13. May we identify your agency and quote you and your responses by name as examples in future publications of the results of this survey?

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* 14. Do you have any additional comments?

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