Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

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Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?
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Source: City of Goleta

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. 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.

The City has put together tips on how to prepare for a multi-day power outage including knowing how to manually open your automatic garage door and having a battery-operated radio. Click here to learn more

It is also recommended to register for emergency alerts from the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (SBCOEM) at www.ReadySBC.org. To receive emergency information from the City of Goleta, go to https://tinyurl.com/goletaemergency, text Goleta Emergency to 468311, or call 961-7508.

Learn more about Public Safety Power Shutoffs on the SCE website.

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Tom Fugedi Aug 27, 2019 07:41 PM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

Everybody can be safe with a use of a Micro Grid. Simply put, a micro grid generates power with natural gas, wind or solar, and stores that energy in a battery. Both a residential or commercial batteries act as a back up generator. Also switching over to the battery mode at night, and/or during peak hours to save you $$. This process has a return on investment unlike a generator, that just sits there and does nothing for you. If you already have solar the process is even easier to get installed. Battery's are more affordable now than ever with great incentives. Be careful on what battery you choose, everybody wants to look cool and get a Tesla, but those are known to catch fire. Please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions, or would like to meet up and chat more about it. Its all about "resiliency" you will be hearing that word more and more in the years to come. tom@drmicrogrid.com

Shasta Guy Jul 13, 2019 06:39 PM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

Blackout in NYC today, 42 years to the day of the 1977 blackout. What a coincidence. Let’s see if they will be more civilized this time which led to widespread looting and rioting - with 1,616 stores damaged and fire crews responding to 1,037 blazes.

Channelfog Jul 11, 2019 04:36 AM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

It is interesting that electricity is becoming unreliable at a time BEFORE the elimination of the gas distribution network. The Green Raw Deal folks want all Californians in electric homes within a decade with gas lines only feeding industry and huge electric grid generators. Given electric line resistance losses, this plan will release more CO2 not less. Yes, there will be reduced risk of fire during disasters, but I like to cook and heat with gas. We have to us LP tanks here on the farm, and I suppose folks will be free to convert their stoves to tanked propane.

Shasta Guy Jul 10, 2019 07:57 PM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

Dystopia is not the right word. If the power goes out in IV then lots of people go outside because there is nothing to do in their dark apartments. After a couple of nights with no power then gangs might get more active under the cover of darkness, young people with nothing to do might start doing stupid stuff that affects you and me. Not exactly the Walking Dead, but more like out of control boredom looking to blow off steam since their iPhone pacifier won’t work anymore.

sbmermaid Jul 10, 2019 03:38 PM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

I had my solar panels installed by a local company and they also installed a permitted option, where I can flip a switch and use the solar power generated (during the day) to power 1 outlet. They recently offered to come out and show me the steps on how to do this or I can read the manual. This will power our refrigerator during the day. We have gas for cooking and hot water, a battery operated lantern and a hand crank radio with cell phone charger. Or I can charge my phone in my car. For most folks, aside from the elderly, and some folks with medical issues, isn't this all that is needed? What am I missing here?

Channelfog Jul 10, 2019 03:03 PM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

In the 80's my most "traditional" older brother amazed me by saying, "The US is a 3rd world country". This shocked me. He pointed out that 3rd world countries export raw materials and export raw materials, which is what we were doing. Decades later, it appears (sadly) that he was completely correct. Off grid looks better all the time. WAY..........Off grid!

jak Jul 10, 2019 08:35 AM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

EGGS has it correct but reasons are important in this case. Note that a lot of critical operations and businesses and even some homeowners have backup generators that are permitted, approved, and don’t endanger the power company workers. There are manual and automatic systems for safe transfer between utility and self-generated power than cost anywhere from a few bucks up to a few thousand depending on capacity, level of automation, and what kind of breaker panel you have. The utilities lobbied hard and dirty to make it tough to install solar energy systems that include the safe and routinely used equipment as backup power. That happens all too easily when you let unsophisticated and greedy political bodies like the PUC override technologically rigorous safety standards developed by qualified researchers and engineers working for IEEE, UL, OSHA, etc. The end results will be that instead of an occasional risk of winds causing power lines to start brush fires we will see precautionary power outages causing the risk of fires in occupied dwellings caused by candles, gasoline generators, etc. and the risk of firefighters unable to draw water from hydrants. But it does promise to shift liability away from the utilities unless Sacramento acts.

Shasta Guy Jul 09, 2019 10:00 PM
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The law of unintended consequences will be severe. No AC for vulnerable groups such as senior citizens, +1000s without refrigeration, those with electric stoves will be unable to cook, no lighting at night, no internet for most, and who knows how many will be furloughed from work. Unrest may start as people will have nothing to do in their dark homes. We’ll be begging for the power to come back on in less than 24 hrs.

PitMix Jul 10, 2019 08:34 AM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

Usually the pregnancy rates go up during blackouts, not the incidences of riots. People know how to occupy themselves in a non-violent way. But if you like your image of dytopia, you can keep your image of dystopia.

a-1571858855 Jul 09, 2019 09:09 PM
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" ...plan to prevent wildfires with widespread power shut-offs means no lights, no refrigeration and no internet in many parts of California. It could also mean limited use of toilets and taps, an inconvenience that water and sewer districts across the state are scrambling to address before a blackout comes and nature calls...Already agencies are warning customers of possible water shortages and sewer backups. A loss of water, or drop in water pressure, could also be problematic for firefighters needing to douse any blazes." https://www.sfchronicle.com/california-wildfires/article/PG-E-s-planned-power-shutdowns-could-choke-off-14080653.php

Channelfog Jul 09, 2019 02:56 PM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

The small Honda 2kW gasoline generators are amazingly quiet. Run it 2-3 times a day to keep the freezer cold, run power tools, blend margaritas etc.

Eggs Ackley Jul 10, 2019 06:32 AM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

Why have a first aid kit that we "might never need". It's called being prepared. Pretty basic stuff that most Americans cannot grasp as they've mostly been spoon fed by the easy availability of all the modern comforts. The ubiquitous cell phone(er,communication device) is about thirty years old meaning half the population has never been without. How will we cope?

tagdes Jul 09, 2019 04:31 PM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

I think some could more afford to keep their freezer full of ice, less than $100 worth of perishables and lots of canned food and powdered milk than spend $1,000 on a generator they might never need. We keep ours over 50% full of ice and still had cold beer 3 days later when the power was off that long after a quake years ago. only retail with a generator was Long's upper State and Cartoon Cafe had gas for a breakfast out if you paid cash.

a-1571858855 Jul 09, 2019 02:48 PM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

What about small businesses, lost profits? That's crazy! I can see a brief shutdown during a wind event but DAYS? I understand, they got sued and now this is their way of limiting future liability but this seems extreme. Almost like a punishment.

a-1571858855 Jul 10, 2019 09:07 AM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

Reading comprehension failure. I said small businesses. If they aren't profitable they cannot pay their employees, who will be furloughed without pay, then those EE's cannot pay rent, buy goods to keep the economy going (such as your generator). See how that works? Our school system really has failed.

Eggs Ackley Jul 10, 2019 06:36 AM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

Yeah that's the first thing that comes to mind during a power outage...lost profits. Think of the damage to amazon prime customers....no instant gratification(like that generator you'd been meaning to buy)...awww snap!

PitMix Jul 09, 2019 01:15 PM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

The Hospitals and other critical buildings have their own generators. County jail has access to solar power. If you spent the money to add solar to your house, you are also good. Easy to criticize the power companies but really the fault lies with the people who decided to build flammable structures in the wildfire interface areas. And no one wants to pay the rates that would be needed to raise the $$$Billions required to bury the power lines underground in the wildfire areas. And since power companies are monopolies, we will either pay during emergencies, or in higher rates, to fix this problem. No other choice.

PitMix Jul 10, 2019 08:37 AM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

EGGS, why can't you go out to your panel and flip the switch to disconnect your solar system from the grid to power your own appliances? Or are you saying that the inverter will stop working if the grid is dead? Your Tesla or Leaf can also provide storage if you can't afford the battery.

Eggs Ackley Jul 10, 2019 06:43 AM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

When the grid goes down, most solar systems do too. They're designed to shut down so they don't backfileed the grid and endanger utility workers. Solar plus storage is the answer and the industry is headed that direction. There are cost effective solutions available now due to advances in battery technology and pricing. And no it doesn't have to be a powerwall or three.

a-1571858855 Jul 09, 2019 07:03 PM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

A lot of privately owned businesses get "special treatment" in the form of subsidies, incentives, tax deferments etc. How else do companies earning billions of dollars end up with tax obligations of next to nothing? You must be ignoring the fact that corporate welfare is alive and well in America today.

All Sides Jul 09, 2019 04:38 PM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

Pitmix is correct. Do you want to pay for putting the power lines underground? Now that lawsuits are in play, of course SCE is going to cover their asses as best as they can. They really do not owe you anything, like it or not. Smart business.

SBLocalGal Jul 09, 2019 03:51 PM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

Solar storage batteries aren't just a benefit during power outages. They can be easily programmed to supply power to your home during peak usage and/or after the sun has gone down. Intelligent usage can reduce your SCE bills even more than solar without the battery.

a-1571858855 Jul 09, 2019 02:51 PM
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PITMIX I agree with you, if you chose to live in a high fire danger location (or tornadoes or hurricanes for that matter) then you take the risk. After evacuating from Tea, Jesusita and Gap (almost) I moved DT to not ever have to evacuate again, but during the Thomas Fire, I was under voluntary evac even downtown so there's that. These fires are getting more and more out of control. If you want to blame anyone, blame the crazy environmentalists who pushed to stop controlled burns. That is where the real fault lies, for these larger more out of control fires.

ginger1 Jul 09, 2019 02:42 PM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

That is correct. Unless you (illegally) install a breakout switch. The system is designed to protect electric company workers who are repairing what they believe to be deactivated circuits. So don't do that. The safer way is to get a solar storage battery. Go figure if $7K is worth a few days without power and ruined groceries.

ginger1 Jul 09, 2019 12:15 PM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

No, they will not pay for the hundreds of dollars worth of lost refrig and freezer stuff. Tried that last summer. No, they will not take responsibility for unsafe conditions caused by having no food or water or overheating children or seniors. This is all about the electric companies attempt at limiting their liability for not taking proper care of their equipment in the first place. Just keep in mind that the CA Public Utility Commission, with no argument from your elected officials, let this happen.

a-1571858855 Jul 09, 2019 11:29 AM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

Ojai: "Officials said power outages caused by the fire and heavy winds left some water pumping stations inoperable, meaning water couldn’t reach the __fire hydrants__." L.A.Times: Some fire hydrants didn't work because of power outages, firefighters say: https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-fire-hydrants-not-working-venturs-20171205-story.html

a-1571858855 Jul 09, 2019 11:24 AM
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Safety or avoiding liability? It seems it will be much more unsafe to have no power during extreme heat waves, especially for children and seniors (no a/c, no fans, no lights, etc). How about they just make sure their equipment can handle the weather?

Pebblehill Jul 09, 2019 08:18 PM
Are You Prepared for a Multi-Day Power Outage?

Hospitals and airports have their own emergency generators . Traffic lights are on a separate power grid. Assume same with treatment plant.

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