Please resist the urge to call 9-1-1.
The dispatchers generally do not know why the power is out. Chances are, they too are affected by the outage. It gets really busy in the communications center during power outages.
Officers have to be deployed to key intersections to help ensure drivers are stopping at the intersections.
Officers fan out into the neighborhoods to ensure criminals don’t take advantage of the situation.
You should call P.G.&. E.’s 24-hour information line on electric outages at 1-800-743-5002. Many people call the police department, often on 9-1-1, asking questions as to when power will be restored and the lights will come back on. In most cases, we don’t know either! 9-1-1 is to be used to report urgent crimes or life and death situations.