SCE Public Safety Shutoff (PSPS)

Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)

Wildfires can result in devastating loss of life and billions of dollars in damage to property and infrastructure. In recent years, local power utilities (Southern California Edison/PG&E) have enacted plans that temporarily shut down power during critical fire weather periods (e.g., extremely hot, dry and/or windy weather) in order to reduce the likelihood that their infrastructure could cause or contribute to a wildfire. The combination of dry vegetation and high winds can uproot trees, blow branches onto power lines or create sparks if power lines contact one another.

Although you may not live or work in a high fire-threat area or an area experiencing high winds, your power may be shut off as part of a PSPS if your community relies on a line that runs through an area that does.

Once high-threat conditions pass, energy companies will re-energize affected lines after inspection to ensure safety. Therefore, residents need to be prepared to endure a power outage lasting 3-5 days.

What does this mean for Ventura County residents?

PSPS can leave communities and essential facilities without power, which brings its own risks and hardships, particularly for vulnerable communities and individuals. Power outages can make it difficult for people to meet their basic needs by:

  • Disrupting water service, air conditioning, communications, and transportation services
  • Closing grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks and other services
  • Causing food spoilage and water contamination
  • Preventing the use of medical devices such as oxygen concentrators and other devices
  • Preventing the use of elevators, and electric gates and garage doors

What can residents do to be prepared?

  • Build a Ready, Set, Go! emergency supply kit, including food, water, flashlights, a radio, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
  • Plan ahead for medical needs, like medications needing to be refrigerated or battery-dependent assistive technology and medical devices.
  • Register to receive alerts from Southern California Edison and PG&E. Login with User ID.
  • Register for Ventura County’s emergency notification system at or by texting “VCALERT” to 313131.
  • Identify backup options for key uses, such as USB power banks for charging phones.
  • Educate yourself on how to manually open your garage door.
  • If you own a backup generator, ensure it’s safe to operate.
  • Know where area Cooling Centers are located.

For more PSPS information, contact your local power company:

Southern California Edison (SCE)

Visit | Phone: 1-800-655-4555
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

Visit | Phone: 1-866-743-6589

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