Are you, members of your household, your neighbors, or your staff prepared for potential Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), led by local power utilities, Southern California Edison and PG&E? Both utility companies have developed plans to shut down power during critical fire weather in order to reduce the risk of wildfires. It is important to know that the PSPS could lead to multi-day power outages in many areas, including South Santa Barbara County, during periods of extremely hot, dry and/or windy weather.
How long is a PSPS outage expected to last?
The utility companies say that a PSPS outage will last as long as the potentially dangerous weather conditions exist, plus the amount of time it takes for their workers to inspect and repair their equipment in any affected area(s). They recommend that residents be prepared to endure a power outage lasting 3-5 days.
Are you prepared for a power outage lasting 3-5 days, or more?
Power outages impact the whole community and can make it difficult for people to meet their basic needs, as well as:
How else can you prepare?
To Learn More About PSPS from Power Companies, contact:
Southern California Edison (SCE)
Visit sce.com/PSPS | Phone: 1-800-655-4555
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
Visit pge.com/wildfiresafety | Phone: 1-866-743-6589
Additional Preparedness Resources:
Additional Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Care Resources:
More information and downloadable tip sheets here.
"We still haven't gotten home. . . still learning how to do this evacuation thing," a community leader confided following the most recent evacuation order being lifted. The "evacuation season" takes physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual tolls the community, and it does not discriminate. These challenges impact people of all ages and across all socioeconomic and demographic divides. Ongoing and unpredictable evacuation orders wreak havoc on daily business operations, the practice of religious holidays, and necessary caregiving of children and elders.
What's helping you make it through? Feel free to share in the comments below.
And here are a few more helpful tips and practices:
Replenish "Go" Bags
Between evacuations, in "times of peace" and when you feel less pressure, prepare "go" bags for you and your housemates, including bottled water, a few changes of clothes, comfortable shoes, a reminder note to grab necessary medications when needed, a charged battery-pack phone charger, a flashlight, a radio, and extra toiletries.
Gather with Neighbors upon Return
Plan for informal pot-luck gatherings with a few neighbors or community group members. Share about how your evacuation went. Encourage one another. Share with one another about what is going well.
Lend a Helping Hand
There are lots of ways to help neighbors in preparation for future evacuations, including:
Tend to Your Health
What else has been working for you, your family, or your neighbors?