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Edison removes Ojai from possible Public Safety Power Shutoff on Dec. 22

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Photo by Marianne Ratcliff

Windy weather fueled the Dec. 7 Cornell fire in Santa Paula after a tree toppled on a power line.

Southern California Edison told the city late Dec. 22 that Ojai has been removed from possible public safety power shutoffs for the time being.

Edison had notified the city on the afternoon of Dec. 21 that it was monitoring Ojai circuits for possible shutoff due to forecasted fire weather.

Ojai city officials sent a press release advising residents to prepare in case and offered tips on ways to prepare for a disaster by making a disaster-supply kit, and emergency communication plan, and by staying informed.

Advice included:

Make a kit:

A disaster-supply kit can be used in your home if there is an extended power outage or it could be used if you have to leave your home and go to a shelter.

A basic disaster-supply kit should include at least the following recommended items:

Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

Battery-powered or hand crank radio and/or a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries

First aid kit

Whistle to signal for help

Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air

Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Can opener for food

Local maps

Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Make a plan:

Emergency plans can help to make sure you keep in contact with important family and friends.

Create and practice a family communications plan in case you are separated during an emergency.

Select a family meeting spot where everyone can go in case you are separated.

Make sure all family members have an emergency contact list. The contact list should include a friend or family member that lives out of state as it may be easier to make a non-local call after an emergency.

Learn where your city or town’s shelter is located and how to get there.

Stay informed:

Reliable, accurate information is an essential resource before, during, and after an emergency or disaster.

Visit www.readyventuracounty.org  for more information about preparing for a disaster, or to Register with VCAlert and receive free emergency notifications from local officials

Visit www.vcemergency.com for updates on emergency incidents, and to see current evacuations and road closures

Learn about potential hazards in your own community

Follow the city of Ojai and the Ventura County Sheriff OES on Facebook

Tune into Channel 10 on cable television or AM 1610 for updates

Visit the FEMA webpage (https://www.fema.gov/preparedness-checklists-toolkits) for preparedness checklists and toolkits

If you have any questions contact the city of Ojai at 805-646-5581.

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