Blackout at Preschool Turns Scary Moment Into Safety Lesson

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Blackout at Preschool Turns Scary Moment Into Safety Lesson

An SCE employee uses the situation to spread the word on electrical safety.

Iris Hosea, an SCE program manager who oversees the company’s Speakers Bureau (left) helps a teacher at Holy Trinity Lutheran Preschool in Hacienda Heights adjust one of 20 new backpacks SCE donated for a safety day presentation.

Iris Hosea, an SCE program manager who oversees the company’s Speakers Bureau, uses a Hazard Hamlet presentation to teach students at Holy Trinity Lutheran Preschool in Hacienda Heights about electrical safety.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 7:30pm

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A routine day for Iris Hosea picking up her son at preschool turned out to be anything but when she found the facility plunged into darkness by a power outage and the teachers unable to get to the supplies.

“The school interior was pitch black and students were wearing glow sticks around their necks,” said Hosea. “They had a store of emergency supplies — including flashlights — but couldn’t get to them in the darkness.”

Hosea, a Southern California Edison (SCE) project manager, knew immediately what to do.

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Keywords: Social Impact & Volunteering | Edison International | Emergency Preparedness | Schools | Southern California Edison | blackout | power outage

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