Power Outage Preparedness

Be prepared for a power outage. 

Extended power outages may impact the whole community.

An emergency can happen at any time and anywhere. Being prepared for such an emergency is critical to our ability as a community to weather any potential adverse effects an outage can have. 

Power Outage

What is a power outage? A power outage is when the electricity goes out unexpectedly.  Power outages can create a lot of significant negative impacts to the community. This is where preparedness begins. 

To view local outages within the City of Temecula, visit the Southern California Edison (SCE) Outage Center HERE.

Prepare Now

Take an inventory now of the items you need that rely on electricity. 

Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any mediations that are critical for life. If you or someone in your household requires the regular use of electrically-powered medical equipment or other medical devices, you may be eligible for Southern California Edison's Medical Baseline Program. Click HERE for more information. 

Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out. 

  • Portable backup power sources are designed to keep household devices running during emergency outages. A battery helps keep the lights on, medical equipment powered and phones charged when you need it most. In some cases, batteries can also power modems and routers in your home to keep you connected. Portable generators should always be used outdoors and help supply power to larger household appliances, like refrigerators and garage door openers, for an extended time. 
  • Visit marketplace.sce.com/portable-power-stations for more information on up to $150 in residential power station rebates to power small devices and marketplace.sce.com/portable-generators for up to $600 in generator rebates to power your household appliances, electrical medical devices, and garage door openers. 

Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports. 

Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home. 

Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last. 

Review the supplies that are available in case of a power loss. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water. 

Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the true temperature when the power is restored. 

Keep mobile phones and other electronics and equipment charged and gas tanks full. 

Survive DuringKeep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer. 

Use food supplies that do not require refrigeration. 

Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home. 

Check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures. 

Go to a community location with power if heat or cold is extreme. 

Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary "surges" or "spikes" that can cause damage. 

Be Safe After

When in doubt, throw it out! THrow away any food that has been exposed to temperature of 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture. 

If the power is out for more than a day, discard any medications that should be refrigerated, unless the drug's label says otherwise. If a life depends on the refrigerated drugs, consult a doctor or pharmacist and use the medicine only until a new supply is available. 

Public Safety Power Shutoff 

What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff?

The threat of wildfires in California is real and growing. With one-quarter of SCE’s service area in high-risk fire areas, keeping our communities safe by preventing wildfires is a top priority.

One critical tool we use to prevent wildfires is the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), in which we may temporarily shut off power to your neighborhood during dangerous weather conditions to prevent our electric system from becoming a source of ignition. These safety shutoffs are a measure of last resort for keeping you and your community safe.

Visit our Outage Map to see if power in your neighborhood is shut off due to a PSPS or is under consideration for one.

For more information on how to prepare for a PSPS Outage visit SCE's Outage Tip page.