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    Planned Power Outage Leaves Residents and Businesses in the Dark

    West Hollywood experienced a planned power outage in the Holloway Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard area on Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday morning. Southern California Edison had issued a notice earlier this month to local residents and businesses, informing them of routine maintenance on the electrical equipment in the area.

    Ca Edison Planned Power Outage – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

    “This email is to remind you that soon we will be performing routine maintenance on the electrical equipment in your area. For the safety of our crews, it is necessary to temporarily turn off the power so they can install upgrades or make repairs to the grid,” reads the reminder email. “We understand that having your power off is an inconvenience. We try to isolate outages to the smallest area possible to complete the work safely and promptly restore power. We appreciate your patience.”

    Ca Edison Planned Power Outage – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
    Ca Edison Planned Power Outage – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

    A witness reported that a pole was replaced in front of the Chevron gas station. It is not yet clear if the pole was damaged due to the recent heavy rains. The westbound lane on Holloway Drive was closed during the repairs.

    However, not everyone was left in the dark. Businesses like The WeHo Bistro, Barney’s Beanery, and 7/Eleven were prepared with generators to keep the lights on and remain open for business during the blackout.

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    Here’s a list of steps to prepare for a power outage:

    1. Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit that includes essential items such as flashlights, batteries, portable phone chargers, first aid supplies, non-perishable food, water, and any necessary medications.
    2. Backup Lighting: Have alternative light sources available such as candles, lanterns, or solar-powered lights. Make sure you have matches or lighters in a waterproof container.
    3. Water Supply: Fill containers with clean water for drinking, cooking, and hygiene purposes. Aim for at least one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days.
    4. Food Supply: Stock up on non-perishable food items that require little to no preparation, such as canned goods, granola bars, nuts, and dried fruits.
    5. Communication Plan: Establish a communication plan with family members or roommates in case you get separated during the outage. Designate a meeting point and ensure everyone knows how to contact each other.
    6. Backup Power Source: Consider investing in a backup power source such as a generator or solar power system. Make sure you know how to safely operate and maintain it.
    7. Protect Electronics: Safely shut down computers and sensitive electronic devices to prevent damage from power surges when the electricity returns.
    8. Keep Refrigerator and Freezer Closed: Minimize the number of times you open the refrigerator and freezer doors to preserve the cold temperature and prevent food spoilage.
    9. Stay Informed: Stay informed about the outage by listening to battery-powered radios or using mobile devices with backup power. Follow updates from local authorities and utility companies.
    10. Prepare Your Home: Secure outdoor objects that could become projectiles in high winds. Unplug sensitive electronics to prevent damage from power surges when the power is restored.
    11. Emergency Contacts: Keep a list of emergency contact numbers, including local utility companies, emergency services, and family members, in case you need assistance.
    12. Stay Warm or Cool: Depending on the season, prepare for temperature extremes by having extra blankets, warm clothing, or portable fans available.
    13. Check on Neighbors: Check on elderly or vulnerable neighbors to ensure they are safe and have necessary supplies.
    14. Backup Cooking Methods: If you have a gas stove, ensure you have matches or a lighter available for cooking. Alternatively, have a portable camping stove or grill with extra fuel on hand.
    15. Review Emergency Plan: Review your family’s emergency plan and make sure everyone knows what to do in case of a prolonged power outage.

    By following these steps, you can better prepare yourself and your household for a power outage and minimize its impact on your daily life.

    Check out outage statuses in your area by clicking on the link below:

    https://www.sce.com/outage-center/check-outage-status?ecid=eml~nuance~cim177-maint.-outage-reminder~trns~res~120221~check-your-outage-status.

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    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]
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