PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

7/17/2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 071715
Subject:
Long Beach City Emergency Crews Provide Resources to Residents and SCE Continues to Fix Downtown Long Beach Power Outage
Contact:
Kerry Gerot
562-618-8612
Kerry.Gerot@LongBeach.gov
Acting Public Information Officer
City Manager's Office




Long Beach City emergency crews are providing resources to residents in need during a Southern California Edison (SCE) system failure power outage in downtown Long Beach. The City is here to support all of our residents, visitors, and business owners during this difficult time. We ask that you also take this chance to meet your neighbors and look out for one another as we do our best to get the lights back on.

American Red Cross, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers, and the Search and Rescue Team of the Long Beach Fire Department are visiting senior housing facilities and performing wellness checks at homes. Police crews are deployed in the downtown area to be visible, accessible, and to provide extra help. Thanks to the cooperation of the community, the Long Beach Police Department has not seen an increase in calls for service in the affected area.

As SCE crews work to fix the situation, some traffic lights remain out of use. Please treat these intersections as four way stops. Pedestrians and motorists alike should use caution.

While the City works hard to provide resources for this incident, it as also an opportunity to take stock of your preparedness for an even larger emergency. Now is the time to meet your neighbors and get connected to the City on social media.

A shelter is expected to open soon and more resources will be made available. A list of current resources is attached and posted on www.longbeach.gov. Social media is the fastest way to stay up to date; follow @LongBeachCity on Twitter and the #lbpwrout. For emergencies, residents are urged to call 911.

The power outage began on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, after a series of electrical fires in underground vaults. Since then, SCE has been working diligently to restore power. The number of residents and businesses affected has been dropped from a high of 4,800 to an estimated 2,700.
Power remains out in portions of downtown Long Beach. Southern California Edison is working as quickly as is safely possible to restore power. 

 

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The City of Long Beach is here for you and your neighbors during this difficult time. We ask that you also take this chance to meet your neighbors and look out for one another.

Resources

· Temporary food and water will be available at 240 Chestnut Avenue and 714 Pacific Avenue.
· Until power is restored, SCE staff will be passing out water, ice, and flashlights at 730 Pacific Ave.
· A charging station for mobile devices is available at 3rd Street and Promenade.
· A shelter location will be made available; please check social media or the hotline for more info.

Tips for Staying Safe
· All residents and visitors should be mindful of their activities and take care of your neighbors, seniors, vulnerable indviduals, and children.
· Intersections without power must be treated as a four way stop.
· Please be careful while walking in the dark.
· Use flashlights at all times to maintain personal safety and prevent unnecessary accidents. Candles are a fire hazard.
· Stay out of elevators as they may stall and potentially trap residents.

Food Safety
· Food that needs to be refrigerated, but has been without refrigeration for more than 4 hours should be thrown out.
· A full freezer without power can keep food safe for up to 48 hrs.; a half full freezer will hold food safely for 24 hrs.

Public Services
· Parking enforcement will be suspended from PCH to Seaside Way, 710 freeway to Cherry Avenue until the end of the day on Sunday, July 19. For public safety reasons, citizens should avoid parking in red, blue and white curb restrictions. All other parking laws, such as blocking fire hydrants or driveways, remain in effect.
· Trash and recycling collection will occur as scheduled. Leave spoiled food in its packaging and place into trash containers being set out. Tie bags closed securely and place inside container.

Stay Connected
· Please follow @LongBeachCity on Twitter; Long Beach City on Facebook; use the #lbpwrout for updates. Also see www.longbeach.gov for more information.

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El Centro de Long Beach sigue sin electricidad. Southern California Edison sigue trabajando con diligencia para resolver los problemas afectando a porciones de Long Beach lo mas seguro posible.

El Ayuntamiento pide que todos los residentes y visitantes sean conscientes de sus actividades, y sigan conscientes de cuidar a sus vecinos, ancianos, niños, y negocios. Le pedimos que tome este tiempo para conocer a sus vecinos y se cuiden el uno al otro.

Recursos
· Agua y comida esta disponible temporalmente en 240 Chestnut Avenue and 714 Pacific Avenue.
· Hasta que la electrcidad se restaure, SCE estara repartiendo agua, hielo, linternas electricas en la avenida 730 Pacific.
· Una estacion de carga para sus celulares estara disponible en la calle 3rd y en el Promenade.
Hasta que la electricid
ad pueda ser restaurada SCE. 

 

Consejos para mantener su seguridad y salud
· Todos los residentes y los visitantes deben ser conscientes de sus actividades y cuidar de sus vecinos, ancianos y niños.
· Intersecciones sin energía deben ser tratadas como una parada de cuatro vías.
· Por favor tenga cuidado al caminar en la oscuridad.
· Use linternas durante la noche para mantener su seguridad personal y evitar accidentes.
· No use velas porque son un peligro de incendio; no las use para iluminar su casa.
· Por favor no use elevadores por que se pueden apagar y dejar residentes atrapados.

Seguridad de Comida
· Comida que necesita refrigeracion, pero ha estado sin refrigeracion por mas de 4 horas se deberia de tirar. Un congelador lleno puede mantener comida fría solo por 48 horas; un congelador lleno a la mitad mantiene la comida segura durante 24 horas.


Servicios Públicos
· Las leyes de estacionamiento serán suspendidas de PCH a Seaside Way, 710 a la calle de Cherry hasta fin del dia Domingo 19 de Julio. Por razones de seguridad pública, los ciudadanos deben evitar las restricciones de estacionamiento en las aceras rojas, azules y blancas. Todas las demás leyes de estacionamiento, como bloque de bocas de incendio o calzadas, siguen en vigor.
· Recolección de basura y reciclaje se producirá en la fecha prevista. Deje alimentos en mal estado en su embalaje y colóquelo en un contenedor de basura. Corbata sus bolsas bien cerradas y el lugar en el interior del recipiente.

Mantente Conectado

· Siga a la ciudad de @LongBeachCity en Twitter; Long Beach City en Facebook; y utilicé el #lbpwrout para ver la informacion mas reciente. También visite www.longbeach.gov para más información.