At its October 28th meeting the Council directed staff to schedule, expeditiously, a discussion of steps our community should consider to deal with the “new normal” of power shutoffs.
San Carlos, like almost all cities, has emergency/disaster plans. Unfortunately, the widespread adoption of mobile telecommunications technologies, despite their tremendous day-to-day benefits, has created a new risk. Fewer and fewer households have old-style land line phones that don’t require electrical power and operate independently of the power grid. Consequently, more and more people are at risk of being unable to contact the authorities for help if something happens to them during an emergency that involves a power shutoff.
I want to see addressing this risk, and other related ones, made a priority.
The discussion will take place at a special Council meeting to be held on Wednesday, November 13th. It will be take place in the Council chambers but will start at 6 PM, rather than the traditional 7 PM.
There will be ample opportunity for residents and business owners to share their experiences, and ideas, prior to the Council deliberating on what directions it wants to give staff. In fact, hearing those personal ideas and stories was cited by several Council members as an important reason for quickly calling a special meeting.
You are also welcome to email Council members ahead of time, particularly if you won’t be able to attend the meeting in person. You can find their emails at https://www.cityofsancarlos.org/government/city-council.