From a Director—Dave Bauer

September 01, 2021

Be Prepared for a Public Safety Power Shutoff

Oregon is no stranger to wildfires. Last September we watched as smoke from the Beachie Creek Fire infiltrated the Willamette Valley, burning nearly 200,000 acres and consuming the towns of Idanha, Detroit, and Gates. The devastation was beyond measure—hundreds of people lost their homes, and tragically, several people lost their lives. During my 30 years on the Keizer Fire department, I was deployed to many wildfires. The devastation was incredible despite remarkable efforts by responding firefighters. As the canyon community slowly begins to rebuild, the threat of wildfire remains. 

In an effort to protect life, property, and the electric system during a wildfire, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) may implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) when hazardous weather conditions threaten the ability to safely deliver power. If BPA determines transmission lines serving Salem Electric substations need to be de-energized, members will be without power for an undetermined amount of time. In the event of a PSPS, Salem Electric will notify members as quickly as possible by phone, email, and text. Updates will also be made on our Facebook page and website. 

The time to prepare for a prolonged outage is now. Make a plan with your friends and family, talk to your neighbors, and make sure your emergency preparedness kit is up to date. For more information about how to prepare for an outage visit our Public Safety Power Shutoff information page and

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SE line crew assisting with power restoration after the Beachie Creek fire.