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Power Shutoff Readiness

POSSIBLE ROTATING POWER OUTAGES August 14-19, 2020:  The California Independent System Operator has declared an electrical emergency that may lead to rotating power outages in areas of Santa Barbara County.  These rotating outage events are not considered PSPS.  However, PSPS preparation information applies to all power outage situations.  Scroll down for tips on what to do before, during, and after a power outage.

Preparing for a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in Santa Barbara County

Local power utilities (Southern California Edison/PG&E) recently developed plans to shut down power during critical fire weather in order to reduce the risk of wildfires. The Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) could lead to multi-day power outages in many areas during periods of extremely hot, dry and/or windy weather.

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How long is a PSPS outage expected to last?

A PSPS outage will last as long as the potentially dangerous weather conditions exist, plus the amount of time it takes for power company workers to inspect and repair their equipment in the affected area(s). Residents need to be prepared to endure a power outage lasting 5-7 days.

What does this mean for Santa Barbara County residents?

Power outages impact the whole community and can make it difficult for people to meet their basic needs, as well as:

Disrupt communications (phone, Internet), water and sanitation services, air conditioning, security systems and transportation

Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, ATMs, banks and other services

Prevent the use of medical devices such as oxygen concentrators and other devices

Prevent the use of elevators, garage doors, electric gates and doors, etc.

Cause food spoilage

What can residents do to be prepared?

Ensuring you are prepared will help you to be more resilient and ready for an extended power outage. Read more about PSPS here.

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Plan for batteries to meet your needs

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5-days worth of non-perishable food and water

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Do your medications need to be refrigerated?

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Have an outage plan for your electronic medical devices

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Monitor the weather

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Check your landline works without power

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Keep cell phones charged and gas tanks full

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Have flashlights on hand and avoid using candles

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Install carbon monoxide detectors

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Ensure your pets needs are met

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Keep fridge and freezer doors closed

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Eat food from fridge first, freezer second, and non-perishable items last

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Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, no BBQs or generators indoors!

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Check on elderly neighbors and pets

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If you are able to leave, go to a location outside of the outage area

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Turn off and unplug electrical devices to avoid surge damage

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Avoid activities that could start a fire

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Keep emergency lines open. Only dial 9-1-1 if you are having an emergency

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When in doubt, throw it out!

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Discard refrigerated medicine after 24 hours unless otherwise advised by the label or your pharmacist

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Consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding new supplies of refrigerated medicine

To Learn More From Your Local Power Company About PSPS

Southern California Edison (SCE)
Visit | Phone: 1-800-655-4555
Video of Community Meeting with SCE

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
Visit | Phone: 1-866-743-6589
Video of Community Meeting with PG&E

Additional Preparedness Resources

Contact The County

105 E. Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: 211