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New Community Resource Available: Power Outage Preparedness Tips!

Post Date:12/13/2018 10:30 AM

Be prepared for a power outage. Extended power outages may impact the whole community. In order to help our community be prepared, the City of Corona has launched a Power Outage Preparedness webpage. 

A power outage is when the electrical power goes out. Power outages may disrupt communications, transportation and businesses. They can also prevent the use of medical devices and cause food spoilage or water contamination.


Southern California Edison Public Safety Power Shutoff Program

Southern California Edison (SCE) has recently implemented a Public Safety Power Shutoff Program. In alignment with its operational safety practices, SCE may proactively shut off power in high fire risk areas when extreme weather conditions present a clear an imminent danger to public safety. SCE has identified twenty-five high-risk area circuits that may be affected throughout our City.

Edison held a community meeting on Monday, December 10, 2018 to provide information on the program and keep customers informed. If you missed the meeting, you can still view their presentation here.


Edison Medical Baseline Program:

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has directed the utilities to contact people with medical conditions when there are outages, regardless of cause. Therefore, it is vital that people with medical conditions alert the utility to their condition and make use of the medical baseline program, as appropriate. Click here to register through SCE's medical baseline program. 

When Edison expects to implement the Public Safety Power Shutoff Program, SCE will contact affected customers. Make sure your contact information is current with Edison. 


Are you prepared for a power outage? View helpful tips below:

Prepare Now

  • Take an inventory now of the items you need that rely on electricity.
  • Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
  • Plan for batteries an

    d other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.

  • Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.

Survive During

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer.
  • Use food supplies that do not require refrigeration.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.

 Be Safe After

  • When in doubt, throw it out! Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.
  • If the power is out for more than a day, discard any medication that should be refrigerated, unless the drug’s label says otherwise. If a life depends on the refrigerated drugs, consult a doctor or pharmacist and use medicine only until a new supply is available.


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