Public Safety Power Shutoffs

A Public Safety Power Shutoff, also called a PSPS, occurs in response to severe weather. Local power companies may turn off power to help prevent wildfire and keep our community safe. Multiple factors are at play before deciding to turn off power.

Although you may not live or work in a high fire hazard area, or be in an area experiencing high winds, your power may be shut off if your home or business relies on a line that runs through an area with severe weather. Power lines also aren't always connected according to neighborhood geography, so your power could stay on while a neighborhood across the street could be affected.

The City of Ventura does not make the decision to turn off power. All risk factors are analyzed by power companies. 

How do PSPS events work?

When weather forecasts indicate elevated weather conditions, the potential impact to our city is assessed. Local power companies analyze historical data to help predict the likelihood of a wildfire occurring, closely monitor weather watch alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS), and place incident responders on alert if needed.

How to prepare for PSPS:

Actual frequency and length of PSPS events will depends on various weather and environmental factors, but there are steps you can take to be better prepared in case a PSPS affects your neighborhood:

  • Plan for any medical needs like medications requiring refrigeration or battery assistive technology and medical devices.
  • Build a Ready, Set, Go! emergency supply kit including food, water, flashlights, a radio, fresh batteries, first aid supplies, and cash. Learn how to build one here.
  • Register with Southern California Edison and PG&E to receive alerts.
  • Sign up for VC Alert, Ventura County's Emergency Notification System, at www.vcalert.org
  • Identify backup charging methods for cell phones, such as USB power banks or solar powered chargers.
  • Learn how to manually open your garage door.
  • During strong wind events, drive cautiously, keep two hands on the wheels, and stay aware of your surroundings.
  • For emergencies, such as downed power lines, please call 9-1-1. To report downed trees or other large debris in the roadway, please call the Ventura Police non-emergency line at 805-650-8010.
  • To learn more, visit www.sce.com/wildfire/psps