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What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff?

Post Date:05/08/2019 8:29 AM

A statewide education campaign called The Power of Being Prepared was launched in conjunction with Wildfire Preparedness Week. This campaign is a joint effort among the state’s investor-owned utilities, in coordination with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The campaign is meant to increase awareness of the importance of preparing for power outages during times of extreme weather and increased wildfire danger.

This campaign is a call to action for all Californians to take important steps to get ready before the 2019 wildfire season, such as creating a thorough emergency plan and updating their contact information with their energy company.

The campaign is part of SCE’s overarching commitment to the safety of the public, as they help customers and communities better prepare for wildfires. The campaign specifically references Public Safety Power Shutoffs, which is a program that calls for the proactive de-energization of power lines in High Fire Risk Areas when certain conditions warrant. The decision and action to turn off power is made by each energy company and is based on a combination of factors, such as high winds, low humidity, dry vegetation, public safety risk and more.

For more information about The Power of Being Prepared campaign, and additional steps you can take to prepare for wildfire season and Public Safety Power Shutoffs, visit