Public safety power shutoff information psps information

The Power of Being Prepared

What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff? In order to keep communities safe, your local energy company may need to turn off power during extreme weather or wildfire conditions. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

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What can I do to prepare for a Public Safety Power Shutoff?

It is important to prepare an emergency plan in advance in the event your family is affected by a power shutoff – or any other emergency.

  • Have a personal safety plan in place for every member of your household (including pets).
  • Plan for any medical needs like medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power.
  • Build or restock your emergency supply kit, including food, water, flashlights, a radio, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones.
  • Learn how to manually open your garage door.
  • If you own a backup generator, ensure it is ready to safely operate.
  • To learn more ways to prepare, download our fact sheet.

What if I’m dependent on electricity for a medical device?

During a Public Safety Power Shutoff, ALL customers serviced by an affected power line will have their power shut off. If you rely on electric or battery-dependent medical technologies such as breathing machines, a power wheelchair or scooter, and home oxygen or dialysis, it is critical that you have a plan in place for an extended power outage.

Your plan should include:

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Keeping emergency phone numbers handy

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A backup location where you can go

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Making sure your energy company is aware of your medical device

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Considering a safe backup power source, such as a generator or uninterruptible power supply

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Establishing multiple people you can contact for help who know how to operate your equipment and backup systems

What can I expect if a Public Safety Power Shutoff is going to occur?

If a Public Safety Power Shutoff is needed due to extreme weather conditions, you can expect:

  • Early Warning Notification – Your energy company will aim to send customer alerts before shutting off power.
  • Ongoing Updates – Your energy company will provide ongoing updates through social media, local news outlets and their website.
  • Safety Inspections – After extreme weather has passed, your energy company will inspect the lines in affected areas before power is safely restored.
  • Power Restoration – Power outages could last multiple days depending on the severity of the weather and other factors. It is important that you and your family have an emergency preparedness plan in place.

When will a Public Safety Power Shutoff occur?

Every situation is unique. Your energy company makes the decision to turn off power by monitoring local fire danger conditions across California and taking into consideration a combination of weather and environmental factors. These may include, but are not limited to:

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HIGH WINDS AND HIGH WIND GUSTS

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LOW HUMIDITY LEVELS

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DRY VEGETATION

that could serve as fuel for a wildfire

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FIRE THREAT

to electric infrastructure

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REAL-TIME OBSERVATIONS

by on-the-ground field experts

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RED FLAG WARNING

declared by the National Weather Service

How long will it take before power is restored?

Power will remain out for as long as extreme and dangerous weather conditions pose a potential fire risk. After a Public Safety Power Shutoff event, your energy company will inspect and repair power lines and equipment so that power can be safely restored.

Depending on the severity of the weather and other factors, power outages could last several hours or multiple days – so it’s important you and your family have an emergency plan in place.

Additional Preparedness Resources

To Learn More From Your Local Energy Company

Southern California Edison (SCE)
Visit sce.com/PSPS | Phone: 1-800-655-4555 

San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E)
Visit sdge.com/wildfire-safety | Phone: 1-800-411-7343

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
Visit pge.com/wildfiresafety | Phone: 1-866-743-6589