Strong Winds Prompt Warnings of Public Safety Power Shutoffs
Projected strong winds with some potential for
fire activity prompted Southern California Edison to notify about 3,080 customers they are under consideration for a
potential Public Safety Power Shutoff over the next several days .
The areas potentially affected include:
- Unincorporated Kern County including the communities of Bodfish and Lake Isabella
No power has been shut off related to PSPS at this time. Customers can sign up for potential power shutoff alerts by visiting sce.com/psps or by calling 800-655-4555.
Note that weather conditions can change, which can affect the timing and duration of an event. If an outage occurs, power will be restored as weather permits and after crews inspect and determine it is safe to re-energize lines. There may also be outages strictly related to weather and high winds, unrelated to a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
SCE crews and meteorologists are continuing to monitor conditions in other regions that might be affected by dangerous high wind. Local, county, state and federal government officials, emergency management agencies, fire chiefs and impacted customers are being notified of the potential power shutoffs. The company’s No. 1 priority is to protect public safety.
To see the latest information about outages, go to sce.com/outages or visit twitter.com/sce and facebook.com/sce. Customers can also report or inquire about outage at 800-611-1911. For more information about Public Safety Power Shutoffs, visit: sce.com/psps.
How to Prepare for Power Outages
- Remember to check emergency supplies to be sure you have a battery-operated radio, a flashlight and fresh batteries.
- Use flashlights instead of candles to avoid fire hazards in your homes and businesses.
- If you see a downed power line, do not touch it or anything in contact with it. Call 911 immediately.
- If you use a generator, place it outdoors and plug individual appliances directly into it, using a heavy-duty extension cord. Connecting generators directly to household circuits creates “backfeed,” which is dangerous to repair crews. Please consult the manufacturer’s manual for operating the generator.
- Power outages in the area may impact traffic signals, and drivers should treat all intersections as four-way-stops. Use extreme caution.
- If someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining medical equipment, have an emergency plan that includes a back-up power source, or arrange to relocate.