Sign Up Now for SCE Alerts

Planned and unplanned power outages can happen at any time. That is why VMS strongly recommends that all Village residents—especially those who depend on electricity to power medical equipment—register with Southern California Edison (SCE) to receive alerts and updates. 

Signing Up for Outage Alerts

Residents can log in to their SCE account here and enroll to receive outage alerts via email. To view current outage updates, visit the SCE Outage Center map and enter your address or zip code. Check the status of a scheduled maintenance outage here. Learn how to prepare for a power outage here. Per SCE’s mandate, residents should address all questions and concerns regarding the company’s work directly to the utility company. Visit or call SCE Customer Service at 800-655-4555.

Public Safety Power Shutoff Program

SCE’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) program is a tool the utility may use to preemptively shut off power in high fire risk areas during extreme and potentially dangerous weather conditions (low humidity, strong winds and hot temperatures in combination with dry fuels).

To learn more about PSPS, click here and scroll the page for detailed information about customer notifications as well as how to sign up for updates and alerts, and how to prepare.

Medical Baseline Allowance Program

Through its Medical Baseline Allowance program, SCE automatically contacts participants in the event of a Stage 3 Emergency rotating outage and provides those enrolled with an additional 16.5 kWh of electricity per day.

Click here to apply for the Medical Baseline Allowance program.

Power Outage Tips, Plans and Checklists

Power outage emergency plan for those who depend on medical devices:

  • Work with the hospital or medical company that supplied your life-support device to develop a backup plan. They may offer special services during an emergency.
  • Contact your local fire department to see if it keeps a list of customers with special medical needs.
  • Keep emergency phone numbers handy, including your doctor and medical equipment company.
  • Create a plan for leaving your home in the event of a lengthy outage and share this plan with you family and friends.
  • Keep a fully charged smartphone or spare battery pack on hand.

Prepare an unplanned outage supply kit:

  • First aid kit: In addition to the usual items, include up-to-date prescription medication(s)
  • Bottled water: Experts recommend one gallon per person per day
  • Flashlights and batteries: Store them where you can easily find them—even when it’s dark
  • Nonperishable food that doesn’t require cooking or heating
  • Manual can opener
  • Coolers or ice chests: Have a few to store ice in case of a lengthy outage 
  • Special-needs items, including items for the elderly or the disabled
  • Battery-operated radio to access news reports
  • Fresh batteries for all battery-powered equipment
  • External rechargeable battery pack to charge cell phones and other electronic devices 
  • Non-cordless phone to plug in during outages

Create a home preparation checklist: 

  • Program important phone numbers into your smartphone and, if you have a landline, keep a list of these contacts nearby. Important phone numbers include your local fire department, paramedics, police, hospital, doctor, relatives, etc.
  • Place flashlights in handy locations, such as near the phone
  • Install surge protectors to help safeguard electronic equipment
  • Back up important work and files on your computer frequently
  • Learn how to manually open your automatic garage doors or gates
  • Keep the gas tank half full in at least one car at all times
  • Identify an outdoor location where you can safely use your portable gas generator (if you have one) during a power outage—never use it indoors
  • Make a safety preparedness plan for your family, including a list and location of the above items and a plan for how pets will be cared for
  • Be prepared to meet the special needs of any infant and elderly or disabled people in your household

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