SCE Reminds Customers: Don’t Wait for a Disaster
Southern California escaped the catastrophic damage that could have devastated the region when Hurricane Hilary and an earthquake arrived simultaneously in August. Still, the events provided valuable reminders to be ready for disasters.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency declared that for National Preparedness Month in September, it will focus its campaign on preparing older adults for disasters in communities disproportionately impacted by all-hazards events.
“We know older adults can face greater risks when it comes to the multitude of extreme weather events and emergencies we now face, especially if they are living alone, are low income, have a disability or live in rural areas,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell in a news release.
With that in mind, Southern California Edison offers these tips to help prepare for a disaster that could impact you or your older loved ones:
- In case of a power outage, have backup power sources, including batteries and a generator.
- Prepare an emergency kit with water, food, medications, first-aid supplies and other essentials, including emergency contacts, a battery-powered radio and cash.
- Know how to turn off your electricity, gas and water.
- Determine where it is safe to take shelter in your home during a disaster.
- Discuss and practice an emergency plan with your family, including potential evacuation routes and the location of emergency shelters in your area.
- Learn basic first aid and CPR.
- Store important documents in a waterproof and fireproof container.
With peak wildfire season approaching, SCE’s Energy Education Centers on Sept. 21 are offering a free webinar on ways to harden structures and buildings against wildfire.
For more information on how to prepare for specific emergencies common to Southern California, visit: Storm Safety Preparedness, Preparing for a Heat Wave or Seven Earthquake Safety Tips.