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Emergency Management Emergency Preparedness Power Outages
Power Outages
Power to the City of Beverly Hills is provided by Southern California Edison. Power outages can occur during the summer months when demand for energy is high.
 
 
For a map of current outages, visit Southern California Edison- Outage Map
 
 
 The City recommends that residents and visitors do their part in being prepared in advance, knowing just how to react when a blackout does occur, and conserving energy. The following are lists of suggested preparedness tips, instructions for what to do when a blackout occurs and energy conservation measures
 
 
Build an Outage Supply Kit:
  1. First Aid Kit: Make sure to include prescription medications – check the expiration dates
  2. Bottled Water: Experts recommend a gallon per person per day
  3. Lanterns, flashlights & batteries: Store them where you can easily find them – even when it’s dark
  4. Non-perishable food: Choose items that don’t require cooking or heating
  5. Manual can opener
  6. Coolers or ice chests: Have a few to store ice in case of a lengthy outage 
  7. Battery-operated radio: To access news reports
  8. Fresh batteries: For all battery-powered equipment
  9. External rechargeable battery pack: To charge cell phones and other electronic devices 
  10. Backup power generator 
 
 
Prepare Your Home:
  • Place flashlights/lanterns in handy locations, such as near the phone
  • Install surge protectors to help safeguard electronic equipment
  • Familiarize yourself with your home’s utility boxes (electricity, water and gas) and how to turn them off; keep the proper tools to do so handy
  • Learn how to manually open your automatic garage doors or gates
  • Keep the gas tank in at least one car half full at all times
  • If you have a portable gas generator, identify an outdoor location where you can safely use it during a power outage - never use it indoors
 
 
Prepare Your Workplace:
  • Learn how to override or manually operate security gates
  • Develop a business continuity plan that defines employee roles and responsibilities during an electric outage
  • Create a list of critical equipment that must be turned off during an outage to prevent damage
  • Familiarize yourself with your office’s utility boxes (electricity, water and gas) and how to turn them off; keep the proper tools to do so handy
  • If you plan to operate an emergency generator during any outage, inform your power provider (this helps protect employees from possible electrical back feed)
  • If you have a portable gas generator, identify an outdoor location where you can safely use it in a power outage - never use it indoors
  • If you do not have a generator, consider renting a portable one
 
 
Preparedness Tips:
  • Keep flashlights and batteries handy at all times.
  • Know how to manually open your electric garage door.
  • Have a battery-operated radio on hand.
  • Cordless telephones will not operate without electricity. Cord-based telephones should be considered.
  • Keep gas tanks at least 1/2 full.
  • Listen to the news for instructions.
  • Obtain alternate power or battery back-up power for essential equipment or for medical conditions requiring power operated apparatus.
 
 
 
If Blackouts Occur:
  • Listen to the news and the City's AM 1500 radio station for instructions.
  • Stay out of areas without power.
  • Drive carefully as traffic lights may be out.
  • Check fire alarms, security systems, and elevators, as they may not work without electricity. Take appropriate precautions.
  • Only call 911 in a life-threatening emergency.
 
 
Conservation Measures:
  • Shift electric usage to non-peak hours, before 4pm or after to 7pm.
  • Set thermostat at 68 degrees when at home and 55 when not at home.
  • Reduce non-essential equipment to non-peak hours: washers and dryers, dishwashers, swimming pool equipment. 
  • Unplug all appliances and electronics when not in use.
  • Turn off heat by closing vents in rooms that are not in use. 
 
 
For additional information on rolling blackouts, contact the Edison Hotline Number at (800) 655-4555. Or to report an outage, please call (800) 611-1911.
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