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Public Safety Power Shutoff

How long is a PSPS outage expected to last?

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.

Click here to learn how you and your family can prepare for an extended power outage.

For more information, please go to SCE’s PSPS webpage or call their customer service line at 1-800-655-4555.

Medical Devices

If you are dependent on a medical device, be sure to register it with SCE by updating your online account. You can also call SCE at 1-800-611-1911 and follow the prompts entering 3, 0, 1, to speak to a representative.

Other Emergency Information

Stay informed in an emergency by getting information from the local organizations on our Emergency Agency Links

We encourage you to:

  • Sign up for emergency alerts from the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management (SBCOEM) at
  • Make an evacuation plan.
  • Have a battery-powered radio ready to listen to local radio stations. Radio Ready for stations part of the Radio Ready program.
  • Be familiar with 211 ( Santa Barbara County’s 2-1-1 Helpline is the first point-of-access to all community services, including emergency information. A live person is available to answer questions 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, and in multiple languages.  
  • Finally, know your neighbors and look out for each other.  Share verified information from trusted resources.

Last Updated: Mar 3, 2021
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