This post, written by Rev. Dr. Kate Wiebe, originally was published October 17, 2019, on the ICTG blog as an updated version of The Riviera Care blog post from August 21, 2019.
Are you, members of your household, your neighbors, or your staff prepared for potential Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), led by 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 all over California 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:
Additional Preparedness Resources for California:
For better organizational preparation consider contacting ICTG for further services, referencing our resource guides, and reading more of our blogs.
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