Board directs staff to find funding to prepare for power emergencies

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Riverside County supervisors directed the Department of Emergency Management and other agencies to seek state funding and take other steps to mitigate the impacts of future “public safety power shut-offs,” during its Aug. 27 meeting. Supervisors Jeff Hewitt and Manuel Perez introduced a proposal July 23, declaring the county’s intention to obtain reimbursement for costs incurred providing temporary shelter to residents who find themselves in the dark because an electrical provider deactivated circuits to prevent arcing or sparks in the event transmission lines fail during Santa Ana winds or extreme heat. Hewitt and Perez argued that the county should be entitled to funds from the state and other entities whenever public safety power shut-offs, also known as “de-energization,
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