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LAKEPORT

Savings Bank is hosting drive-up shred events and helping to shred hunger

Savings Bank and Integrity Shred have teamed up to help prevent identity theft by offering the public an opportunity to shred outdated confidential documents.

Bring up to three three 35 pound boxes of documents for safe, secure, on-site shredding.

Additionally, to help shred hunger, non-perishable food will be accepted at the events for local food banks.

Times are 9 am to 11 am for the following dates and locations:

Lakeport: September 23 at Savings Bank, 290 S. Main St.

Ukiah: Sept. 10 at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds parking lot, 1055 N. State St.

Willits: Sept. 2 in the parking lot behind Savings Bank on Humboldt Street

Hours and number of customers accommodated may be limited to truck capacity.

Identity theft is a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, reputation, and can take time, money and patience to resolve. Shredding confidential financial documents and paperwork is one way to deter criminals from stealing personal information.

Savings Bank also encourages customers to protect their identity by switching from paper account statements to eStatements. With eStatements, customers reduce the risk of confidential account information getting into the wrong hands through tampering of mail or paper records that are stored at home.

Savings Bank representatives will be available at the shred events to supply information about preventing identity theft and what to do if your identity is stolen.

—Submitted

LAKE COUNTY

PG&E installs 13 new weather stations in Lake County this year

CLEARLAKE — With an ever-expanding network of weather stations across its service area, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is positioned to refine the scope of Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events and prepare for increasingly common severe weather events.

More than 200 new weather stations have been installed this year alone, 13 of those are in Lake County. PG&E plans to have a total of 1,300 by the end of 2021. This will equip the company with one weather station for every 20-line miles of electric distribution circuits within Tier 2 and Tier 3 High Fire-Threat Districts, as designated by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Data captured by the weather stations such as temperature, wind speed and humidity levels help PG&E meteorologists evaluate where severe weather may be headed and inform utility operational planning. During a PSPS, PG&E turns off specific power lines, based on severe weather conditions, for public safety. This is to prevent tree branches and other debris from contacting energized power lines.

“We know that losing power disrupts lives, especially for our customers with medical needs. That is why we are finding ways to reduce the impact of PSPS events without compromising safety. The sole focus of a PSPS is to keep our customers safe,” said Mark Quinlan, Vice President of PSPS Operations and Execution.

Since 2018, PG&E has installed more than 1,200 weather stations mostly across high fire-threat areas in Northern and Central California. There is a total of at least 43 weather stations in Lake County, with the newest ones installed in the following locations:

  • Gray Road, near Seigler Springs Road
  • Noyes Ranch Road, near Bucksnort Creek
  • Verna Way, near Kono Tayee Point
  • Ridge Road, Highland Creek area
  • Liberty Lane, Hidden Valley
  • Middletown South, east of Highway 29
  • Francis Lane, near Tinilyn Drive, Hidden Valley Lake
  • New Long Valley Road
  • Benmore Valley Road, North of Hopland Rancheria
  • Elk Mountain Road, Mendocino National Forest
  • Daly Place, near Jerusalem Grade, Lower Lake
  • Humboldt 140 (Morgan Valley Rd), Lower Lake
  • PG&E Access Road, Cooper

“Observations from the weather stations contribute to the improvement of our predictive capabilities for PSPS events. We now have a historical database of these observations, many in remote areas where we have never had this level of detailed data before, and it is now used to help fine-tune our models to better predict when critical fire weather conditions may occur,” said Ashley Helmetag, Senior PG&E Meteorologist. “As the model is improved, the forecast becomes more accurate, allowing meteorologists to limit the scope of PSPS events to the areas where the riskiest fire weather conditions are expected, and to do so with higher confidence.”

These new weather stations across PG&E’s service territory are now sending hyperlocal data not only to PG&E meteorologists, but also to analysts and experts in PG&E’s Wildfire Safety Operations Center (WSOC). The WSOC is the hub where PG&E detects, evaluates, monitors, and responds to wildfire threats across its service area. The information from these stations is also viewable by the public at pge.com/weather and is combined with other weather station information and shared with partners through MesoWest.

Coupled with PG&E’s growing network of weather data, temporary generation and microgrids, these tools and technologies helped keep the lights on for hundreds of thousands of customers during the PSPS events in 2020, as compared to those events in 2019.

—Submitted

—Compiled by Ariel Carmona Jr.

 

 

Source: on 2021-08-26 09:52:30

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