Alert: Get the Latest on Public Safety Power Shutoffs
- Gusty winds are expected to occur primarily during the afternoon and evening hours beginning Wednesday, July 3rd in the Northern Coachella Valley and High Desert areas, causing locally elevated fire conditions due to dry flashy fuels. Wind gusts of 35-50 mph are expected. A few isolated gusts near 55 mph are possible. Humidity levels will be low each afternoon as values dip into the single digits or lower teens.
- Due to the projected strong winds in the Northern Coachella Valley and High Desert Areas with some potential for fire activity, approximately 4,500 customers have been notified that SCE is exploring options for a potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in portions of these communities beginning Wednesday July 3rd:
- Palm Springs (active area 1 / active area 2 / active area 3)
- Desert Hot Springs (active area 1 / active area 2)
- Yucca Valley
- Unincorporated Riverside County areas, including North Palm Springs, Whitewater (active area 1 / active area 2) and Dos Palmas Corners
- Unincorporated San Bernardino County areas, including Landers, Flamingo Heights and a small portion of Morongo Valley.
- No power has been shut off at this time.
- There may be outages strictly related to weather and high winds, unrelated to a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).
- If an outage occurs, power will be restored as weather permits and after crews inspect and determine it is safe to re-energize lines.
- Local, county, state and federal government officials, emergency management agencies, fire chiefs and impacted customers are being notified of the potential power shutoffs.
- We have activated its Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) incident management team to monitor conditions.
- Our crews and meteorologists are continuing to monitor conditions in other regions that might be affected by dangerous high winds.
- Please note that weather conditions can change, which can affect the timing and duration of this event.
- Our personnel have been mobilized and are now on alert to respond to changing weather conditions.
- We will do its best to minimize the impact to customers. Still, our No. 1 priority is to protect public safety.
- We want you to be prepared if it needs to initiate a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).
- Customers may report or inquire about outages at 800-611-1911. For information on outages, customers can check sce.com/outages.
For additional PSPS background information, please refer to the documents in the links below:
Power Outage Safety Tips
- If you see a downed power line, do not touch it or anything in contact with it. Call 911 immediately.
- Power outages in the area may impact traffic signals so motorists should use extreme caution and treat all intersections as four-way-stops.
- 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 home or business.
- If you’re in a vehicle with a fallen power line on it, stay in the vehicle and remain calm until help arrives. It is OK to use your cellphone to call 911. If you must leave the vehicle, remember to exit away from downed power lines and exit by jumping from the vehicle and landing with both feet together. You must not touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Then proceed away from the vehicle by shuffling and not picking up your feet until you are several yards away.
- 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.