Remaining safe if power is lost

To: UC Santa Cruz community

From: Nader Oweis, Chief of Police

As you know, we have been informed by PG&E that main campus may see its power cut tonight, part of a statewide plan by the utility to reduce the risk of wildfire in areas where high winds are forecast. While the situation remains uncertain, if we are part of an outage, it would likely last for at least a day or two, possibly longer.
Together we can follow some common-sense guidelines that will help us remain safe.
  • Drivers should slow down, and treat all non-operating traffic signals as four-way stop signs unless a traffic-safety officer is on hand directing traffic. 
  • Watch closely for bicyclists and pedestrians on both campus and city roads, especially at night, as it may be darker than usual in some areas due to reduced exterior lighting. 
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists are urged to carry flashlights or use headlamps after dark, and to wear light-colored clothing. 
  • If you need to go out on campus at night, bring a friend along and be aware of your surroundings. 
  • If you see something suspicious or need immediate medical assistance, do not hesitate to call 911 on either your cell phone or on a campus blue-light emergency phone. The blue-light phones are designed to work even during power outages.
I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we adapt to this fluid situation. By working together, we can help keep our community safe.