Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)

What is a Public Safety Power Shutoff?

In order to keep communities safe, your local energy company may need to turn off the power during extreme weather or wildfire conditions. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). 

Learn about the factors for PSPS, the benefits, restoring power, claims for loss of goods, solar panels, and much more in SCE's frequently asked questions handout here

Notifications

Visit SCE's website here to stay informed on the shutoffs. 

SCE notifies customers approximately 48 hours in advance of a potential PSPS event and will attempt to notify customers again approximately 24 hours before power is shut off. Additional notifications will be made throughout the outage, when power has been shut off and when it has been restored. Notifications may occur via a combination of phone call, text, sce.com, email and social media etc. Please note: Sudden onset of conditions may impact SCE's ability to provide advanced notice to customers. 

What You Can Do 

If you would like more information or have questions about PSPS, please contact Southern California Edison at 1-800-611-1911. 

The City of Fontana is currently documenting the impacts the shutoffs are having on the community to present at the State government. Please provide your detailed statement at ready@fontana.org.

The City of Fontana, alongside the Fontana Chamber of Commerce and Southern California Edison, invites you to voice your concerns and have your questions answered about the Public Safety Power Shutoffs during a community meeting. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 13 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Jessie Turner Center (15556 Summit Ave.).

Public Safety Power Shutoff Community Meeting

Preparing for an Outage

It's important to prepare an emergency plan in advance in the event your family is affected by a power shutoff – or any other emergency. Prepareforpowerdown.com recommends the following:

  • Have a personal safety plan in place for every member of your household (including pets).
  • Plan for any medical needs like medications that need to be refrigerated or devices that require power.
  • Build or restock your emergency supply kit, including food, water, flashlights, a radio, fresh batteries, first aid supplies, and cash.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones.
  • Learn how to manually open your garage door.
  • If you own a backup generator, ensure it is ready to safely operate.

During an Outage

If you experience a blackout, SCE recommends the following:

  • Switch off the lights (except one). You can help prevent damage to your electronics and appliances by unplugging them -- computers, stereos, televisions, and air conditioners. After the electricity is restored, you can plug them in again.
  • Keep a fully charged cell phone on hand. During power outages, you may lose phone service, and your cordless phone may also lose power.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. It helps keep the food cool. Before eating food items, check them for spoilage.
  • If you see a downed power line, do not touch it. Call 911 immediately.

View more tips here.