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IMPORTANT COMMUNITY ALERT
Posted 10/8/19

Dear Simi Valley Schools Community:

The City of Simi Valley is reminding residents that during times of high fire danger weather conditions, Southern California Edison may initiate Public Safety Power Shutoffs. This includes the anticipated weather conditions expected on Thursday and Friday, with Santa Ana winds gusting between 50 and 70 mph.

Depending on the severity and timing of any shutoffs, there is the possibility that schools might be closed. But as of now, we expect schools to be open and operating normally. 

Regardless of what happens in the coming days, we will communicate frequently with you through all of our normal channels: phone, email, app notifications, texts, school and district websites and SVUSD Facebook and Twitter pages. You can access the links for our Facebook and Twitter accounts at simivalleyusd.org. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CHILD(REN)’S AERIES ACCOUNT IS UPDATED WITH YOUR CURRENT CONTACT INFORMATION AND THE LIST OF WHO IS AUTHORIZED TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD DURING AN EMERGENCY.

The following are some power outage tips adapted from Pacific Gas & Electric:

•    Create a safety plan for all members of your family, including pets. A Public Safety Power Shutoff can happen at any time of day or night, due to changing weather conditions.
•    Prepare an emergency supply kit. Include enough water and nonperishable food to last your household one week. Be sure to refresh your kit once a year.
•    Determine if your landline will work during an outage. Keep a mobile phone as backup.
•    Keep mobile phones and other devices charged.
•    If you have a generator, make sure it’s ready to operate safely.
•    Have flashlights available for your household. Avoid using candles.
•    Have a battery-powered or crank radio.
•    Stock up on the right batteries for items you rely on. Include two extra sets in various sizes.
•    Keep cash on hand and a full tank of gas. ATMs and gas stations may not be available during an outage.
•    Learn how to manually open your garage or any other door that operates with electricity.
•    Talk with your building manager if you live or work in a building that has elevators or electronic key card access to understand how they will deal with a possible multi-day outage.

Please remember that tomorrow (Wednesday, October 9) is a districtwide holiday and all Simi schools will be closed.

Thank you.
Dr. Jason Peplinski
Superintendent