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News Release

Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Media Relations

Rolling Blackout Information


Los Angeles: While the rest of the State of California looms under the ominous cloud of electrical shortages and rolling blackouts, the City of Los Angeles' Department of Water and Power has assured us that there will not be any blackouts in the City of Los Angeles, as a result of the energy crisis. However, in keeping with the crime prevention theme and emergency preparedness, it is important to note that blackouts may occur in Los Angeles as a result of a natural disaster, such as an earthquake or other occurrences. If an electrical blackout occurs, here are some tips to remember:


  • Always have flashlights and fresh batteries available
  • Avoid using candles
  • Have a radio that is battery operated
  • Check on elderly neighbors or anyone dependent upon electrical medical equipment


  • Treat traffic signals as 4-way stops and always yield to the right
  • Have a flashlight in your vehicle
  • Travel on roads less traveled or take an alternate route to reduce traffic congestion

Commander Sharon Papa, Department spokesperson, states "Rolling blackouts in the City of Los Angeles, as a result of the current energy crisis are extremely unlikely to occur. However, in the event they do occur, remember to remain calm. They are only temporary and will have no bearing on the level of service provided by emergency personnel such as police and fire."

For additional information or to obtain a copy of crime prevention circulars, please contact the Community Liaison/Crime Prevention Unit, at 213-485-3143, or visit "Building Safer Communities".

This press release was prepared by Officer Hayley Purece, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.