News Alert!!: San Bernardino County, CA: Southern California Edison is considering Public Safety Power Shutoffs in parts of the county.

News Alert!!: San Bernardino County, CA: Southern California Edison is considering Public Safety Power Shutoffs in parts of the county.

According to the California Highway Patrol’s Morongo Basin Station and Southern California Edison, due to the elevated fire risk and weather conditions projected, Southern California Edison is considering Public Safety Power Shutoffs in parts of San Bernardino County, California.

Tens of thousands of customers of Southern California Edison in San Bernardino County, California and Riverside County, California were put on notice on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 that their power could be shut off due to wildfire risk from high winds.

** Cities in San Bernardino County, California May Experience Power Outages: **

According to the Southern California Edison, cities in San Bernardino County that may experience outages included Big Bear, Calimesa, Fontana, Hesperia, Highland, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, San Bernardino, Upland, Yucaipa, Yucca Valley, Doble and Upper Holcomb Valley, Cajon Pass, Devore, Etiwanda, Lucerne Valley, Lytle Creek, Running Springs, Lake Arrowhead, Cedar Pines Park, Valley of Enchantment, Crestline, Valley View Park, Joshua Tree, Homestead Valley, Crestline, Oak Hills, Muscoy, Green Valley Lake and Morongo Valley; approximately 41,280 customers could be affected.

** Cities in Riverside County, California May Experience Power Outages: **

According to the Southern California Edison, cities in Riverside County that may experience outages included Banning, Beaumont, Calimesa, Hemet, San Jacinto, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Perris, Riverside, Whitewater, Bonnie Bell, Banning Pass, Cabazon, Owl, portions of Desert Hills Outlet Mall, North Palm Springs, Gilman Hot Springs, Lakeview, Nuevo, Mons, Mead Valley, Eden Hot Springs, Mountain Center and Good Hope; approximately 22,325 customers would be affected.

More information on these possible power outages can be found on the Southern California Edison website at: https://www.scemaintenance.com/content/sce-maintenance/en/psps.html

The California Highway Patrol’s Morongo Basin Station would like to inform the public that emergency response from the California Highway Patrol would not be affected during a shutoff.

These Power Shutoffs could affect the motoring public, here are some traffic safety tips to keep in mind from the California Highway Patrol’s Morongo Basin Station.

If you notice a traffic signal light not working; you are still required to stop, look both ways, and clear the intersection before proceeding.

Call 911 as soon as possible and report the signal.

According to the California Highway Patrol’s Morongo Basin Station, we already live in an area with little street lights but be cautious in areas that would normally be lit for crosswalks or pedestrian traffic.

Edison has the following link of areas that could be affected: https://www.scemaintenance.com/content/sce-maintenance/en/psps.html

Pacific Gas and Electric has estimated the power could be out for as long as five days, and that it can’t switch the power back on until its equipment is inspected for damage and repaired.

Public agencies throughout the region urged the public to stock up on bottled water and non-perishable food, fill their gas tanks, charge their phones and have cash at hand.

People who need powered medical equipment or refrigerated medicines were urged to contact their providers.

Authorities are reminding the public to park their vehicles outside garages or make sure they know how to manually open their garage doors.

People are also warned to drive slowly and carefully because traffic lights could be out and roads closed.

The public is being asked not to clog 911 lines with non-emergencies.

Pacific Gas and Electric said it was opening more than 30 community resource centers to provide restrooms, electronic-device charging stations, bottled water and air-conditioned seating for up to 100 people.

But these centers will only be open during daylight hours and most counties only have one.

In regards to spoiled food, you may be able to file a claim with your insurance company if it’s worth the deductible, but Pacific Gas and Electric said to not bother trying to file a claim with the utility; they doesn’t reimburse customers for losses when the power is turned off for safety.

As for what’s being done to address the safety concerns over power; following the 2018 Camp Fire that killed 85 last November, the California Public Utilities Commission ordered utilities to file new wildfire mitigation plans.

Pacific Gas and Electric’s new plan included dramatic increases in vegetation management and inspections.

Pacific Gas and Electric proposed to replace bare overhead high-voltage wires with insulation to help prevent power lines sparking fires, replacing wood poles with less flammable material and possibly moving some overhead power lines underground, which Pacific Gas and Electric has estimated would cost $3 million per mile.

** Pictures from the California Highway Patrol’s Morongo Basin Station and Southern California Edison: **

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