Southern California Edison (SCE) has recently developed a plan to shut off power when high risk weather could start a wildfire. The Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) could lead to multi-day power outages in Goleta during periods of extremely hot, dry, and/or windy weather.
How long is a PSPS outage expected to last?
A PSPS outage will last as long as the potentially dangerous weather conditions exist, plus the amount of time it takes for power company workers to inspect and repair their equipment in the affected area(s). Residents need to prepare for a power outage that could last 3-5 days.
Click here to learn how you and your family can prepare for an extended power outage.
For more information, please go to SCE’s PSPS webpage or call their customer service line at 1-800-655-4555.
If you are dependent on a medical device, be sure to register it with SCE by updating your online account. You can also call SCE at 1-800-611-1911 and follow the prompts entering 3, 0, 1, to speak to a representative.
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department has prepared information on preparing for a power outage while dependent on electricity. Click here to read it.
Other Emergency Information
Santa Barbara County Health Department has also shared food safety guidelines during a power outage. Read the full press release here.
Stay informed in an emergency by getting information from the local organizations on our Emergency Resources Contact Information list.
We encourage you to:
- Register for emergency information via text or email from the City of Goleta by texting Goleta Emergency to 468311 or going to https://tinyurl.com/goletaemergency.
- In rare instances, City of Goleta sends recorded phone messages with emergency information. To sign up, email your contact information to PIO@cityofgoleta.org or call 805-961-7508.
- Sign up for emergency alerts from the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (SBCOEM) at www.ReadySBC.org.
- Make an evacuation plan. www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
- Have a battery-powered radio ready to listen to local radio stations. Click here for stations part of the Radio Ready program.
- Be familiar with 211 (www.211sbco.org). Santa Barbara County’s 2-1-1 Helpline is the first point-of-access to all community services, including emergency information. A live person is available to answer questions 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, and in multiple languages.
- Finally, know your neighbors and look out for each other. Share verified information from trusted resources.