San Diego | Electricity | Power Outages | 1-800-411-7343

Below are details and links for the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) power outage map, San Diego weather forecast and radar information, and wildfire updates.

If a power outage occurs in San Diego, call SDGE’s outage number at 800-611-7343. You can also view the SDGE Outage Map for San Diego, which shows the number and location of power outages in and around the city.

Below, you’ll find the best immediate resources to view San Diego SDGE outages, weather forecasts and wildfire information. In California, wildfire season begins in May and ends in October.

San Diego Power Outages, Real Time Map & Severe Weather

As the transmission and distribution utility in San Diego, SDGE is responsible for correcting power outages, maintaining power lines, and providing electricity services. SDGE serves over 3.6 million customers in San Diego and Orange County.

Their power outage map provides greater detail regarding to local service.

The SDGE Outage Map allows you to:

  • View the number and status of power outages in your area of San Diego
  • Learn customer service and emergency information
  • See the areas currently experiencing a power outage based on the following map:

Best San Diego Weather Radar and Forecasts

What to do in the Event of a Power Outage in San Diego?

  • Electrical surges that happen after power outages can damage your electronic devices, so remember to unplug your devices after a power outage occurs.
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer shut during the outage to avoid spoiling your food.
  • Check in with your neighbors to confirm the outage is not solely at your house.
  • Try to find an electricity source for any power-dependent medical devices.
  • Travel to another location in case of an immediate need for cooling or heating.

The first thing you should do when the power goes out is to disconnect all electronics, because when the power turns back on, electrical surges can permanently damage the devices. The next thing you should do is check the San Diego Power Outage Map for the latest updates. You may also need to change locations for better heating or cooling. This can be especially necessary if you have small children or are living with elderly people.

Writing down the outage number, or saving it in your phone would be helpful in case the outage is a surprise. The San Diego Gas and Electric outage number is 800-611-7343 .

Protecting Your Food Supply

When the power goes out, food can spoil quickly because there’s no climate control in the refrigerator or in the household. A refrigerator can only protect food for about 4 hours, so it’s important to stock up on nonperishable foods.

  • Eat perishable foods first when possible.
  • Throw away any foods at risk of spoiling quickly without refrigeration.
  • Don’t go into the refrigerator or freezer unless necessary to maintain temperatures.
  • Always keep bottled water available.
  • Purchase dry ice, if available.

You should store one gallon of water per person per day to have on hand. You may also want to put food into coolers with ice packs when the electricity is off.

Solar Panels in California

Installing solar panels is a great way to prepare for a power outage. Solar panels in San Diego allow homeowners to become energy independent, meaning you won’t have to worry about power outages cutting your access to electricity. During high demand periods on the electricity grid, you won’t be subject to a reduced energy supply or rate spikes related to peak demand.

In addition to independence, homeowners can expect to reduce their energy bill by as much as half. Installation can also increase the value of your home, and government incentives are available to pay for the cost.

Solar panels also help reduce your carbon footprint, allowing you to play a part in fighting climate change.

Home Generators in California

Another way to prepare for a power outage is by purchasing a home generator in San Diego. When a blackout occurs, sophisticated generators turn on automatically, and if properly sized to the house, a generator can power most or all of your electrical equipment. Once the power outage finishes, generators will automatically turn off.

If you plan on using a generator, make sure to place it away from doors and windows for safety.

Planning for a Wildfire and Extreme Heat

If you ever need to evacuate San Diego because of a wildfire or extreme heat, there are important steps you need to take to prepare.

Wildfire Preparation

Wildfires can be devastating for homes, the surrounding areas, and the people affected. Below are some simple steps you can take before a wildfire occurs:

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches, and decks to help keep your home from igniting
  • Screen or box-in areas below porches or decks to prevent debris from accumulating, which could catch on fire.
  • Because wildfires can spread to tree tops, you should prune trees in your area to keep the lowest branches at about 6-10 feet high.
  • Water your lawn frequently to keep it hydrated and prevent it from catching fire easily.
  • Create an emergency plan such as building a first aid kit, creating an evacuation plan, and collecting important phone numbers.

Getting Ready for Extreme Heat

Due to the effects of climate change, temperatures in western states, including California, have been drastically increasing. These extreme conditions can pose threats to vulnerable populations and give discomfort to most. Below are tips and information regarding what you can do during these times.

  • If possible, stay in an indoor air conditioned location.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
  • Take cold showers to help cool down.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially during midday when the temperatures can be the highest.
  • Wear and reapply sunscreen frequently to avoid sunburns.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing.

Regulated Electricity in San Diego

San Diego Gas and Electric is the only transmission and distribution utility (TDU) in the city.

In states such as Texas, where all cities are de-regulated, customers have a choice of energy providers such as Cirro Energy, Gexa Energy, Reliant Energy, Chariot Energy and Amigo Energy to provide competitive electricity plans and rates.

Power Outage Maps for San Diego

 

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