(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) is urging residents to take necessary safety measures to avoid heat-related illnesses. Various parts of Santa Barbara County are under an Excessive Heat Warning or a Heat Advisory due to high temperatures from 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2020 through 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 6, 2020. Hot weather can pose a risk of heatstroke or heat exhaustion, especially to vulnerable individuals including older adults and children.
Due to high demand on the electrical grid the California Independent System Operator (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert, calling for voluntary electricity conservation, beginning Saturday and extending through Monday. Labor Day weekend temperatures are forecasted to be 10-20 degrees above normal for California, and the power grid operator is predicting an increase in electricity demand, primarily from air conditioning use. High heat is predicted throughout the West which can limit the ISO’s ability to import energy to serve demand. During this heat event there is a potential for rolling power outages. These rotating outage events are not considered PSPS. For more information on what to do before, during, and after a power outage visit ReadySBC.org.
the ISO is urging consumers to:
While it remains critical for everyone to practice safe social distancing and to avoid large groups during this COVID-19 pandemic, in order to protect your health and safety during this high-heat event, the PHD encourages individuals to take any immediate actions needed to protect their health, such as locating an air-conditioned space. If you do seek air-conditioned locations outside of your home, continue to wear face coverings and maintain at least six feet apart from others. If you have symptoms or are COVID-19 positive, do not relocate to an air-conditioned space that is shared by others outside your home, and call your health care provider for concerns you may have regarding the effects of heat on your health.
Community members are strongly encouraged to take the following precautions whenever temperatures are on the rise:
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Santa Barbara County Call Center: (833) 688 – 5551
Community Wellness Team Information and Referral Line: (805) 364-2750