Elevated Fire Weather Conditions and Santa Ana WindsExternal Talking Points Update December 1, 2020
PIO: Zoraya Griffin/Andrea Smith
Media Contact: Jessica Packard/Helen Gao
Social Media/NewsCenter/Web: Allison Torres/Rick Cervantes/David Lawrence
• Today, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Red Flag Warning in effect for inland Orange County and San Diego County valleys and mountains from 6 p.m. Wednesday through 10 p.m. on Saturday. They also issued a high wind watch from 1 a.m. Thursday morning until Friday at noon.
• Given how the weather forecasts are shaping up, SDG&E is urging customers to be prepared for a multi-day, multi-Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) event beginning as early late Wednesday night/Thursday morning.
• We understand there is never a good time to be without power and the decisions to turn off power is not something we take lightly. Shutting off power is done a last resort to reduce wildfire risk and protect public safety.
• The potential exists that a large portion of the High Fire Threat District, particularly the backcountry, along with other inland and coastal communities which are not typically impacted by PSPS, could experience unusually high winds and PSPS.
• We notified approximately 88,700 customers that they may experience a PSPS that could last multiple days depending on wind/fire conditions and SDG&E’s ability to restore power safely should it be turned off.
• While several recent PSPS notifications haven’t materialized into extreme conditions, this week’s weather pattern looks different than what we’ve seen so far. It’s important to us to make sure we are informing our customers in advance and hope that the weather and winds trend in our favor.
• SDG&E’s Emergency Operations Center is activated, monitoring conditions 24/7 and staying in close communications with area fire agencies. For rapid response, SDG&E has also pre-staged personnel and equipment.
• Given the expected multi-day, multi-PSPS event, we will provide daily video and other ongoing updates via phone calls, text messages, email, social media, the Alert by SDG&E app, sdge.com/ready and SDG&E’s NewsCenter at sdgenews.com.
• SDG&E will also continue to provide customers updates via phone, text message, email and through our Alerts by SDG&E mobile app.
• Impacted communities:
o Barona Reservation
o Campo Reservation
o Chula Vista
o El Cajon
o Ewiiaapaayp Reservation
o Jamul Reservation
o La Jolla Reservation
o La Posta Reservation
o Mount Laguna
o Pala Reservation
o Palomar Mountain
o Pauma Reservation
o Pauma Valley
o Pine Valley
o Rancho Bernardo
o Rancho Santa Fe
o Rincon Reservation
o San Clemente
o San Juan Capistrano (East)
o San Pasqual Reservation
o San Marcos
o Santa Ysabel
o Santa Ysabel Reservation
o Sorrento Valley
o Sycuan Reservation
o Valley Center
o Viejas Reservation
o Warner Springs
Community Resource Centers:
• Planning is underway to open drive-thru Community Resource Centers from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. in impacted areas should power be shut off for safety
• Customers should have emergency kits on hand to keep their family, pets and livestock safe.
• If customers see a downed power line, assume it is energized, stay away and dial 911.
• Customers using generators should follow safety measures. Info at sdge.com/generator.
• To avoid food spoilage, customers are encouraged to make or buy ice and have coolers ready. Also, when power is out, it’s important to avoid opening refrigerators and freezers as much as possible.
• It’s important to remember that improved weather conditions are not the only factor that determines whether power can be restored.
• If power is shut off for safety, SDG&E must patrol its equipment in the High Fire Threat District by air, vehicles and/or on foot in daylight hours, weather conditions permitting, to ensure power can be turned back on safely.
• SDG&E crews stand ready to restore power as quickly as possible when it is safe to do so.
• Restoring power can be a long process, but we work on restoring as many customers as we can, as soon as we can.
• We also prioritize repairs for critical needs such as hospitals, police and fire departments and water pumping stations.
• Keep in mind that you may be on a different circuit than your neighbor and not all circuits are restored at the same time.