Here are some tips from the office of Councilman Paul Krekorian on how to stay safe during the anticipated big storm.
Tonight, the San Fernando Valley, along with the rest of Los Angeles, is set to get hit with what could be the largest storm system of the year. As our public safety officials diligently track the storms, please take the necessary steps to prepare for severe weather conditions over the next 48 hours. It’s not too late to get prepared.
After four years of drought and wildfires, LA’s landscape is incapable of absorbing large amounts of rain, yet we are facing two to four inches of rain between tonight and Saturday. There is a high potential for flooding and mudslides in vulnerable areas. To help you get ready for all the wet weather, visit emergency.lacity.org/wetweather. The site has important information and tools on how to prepare your home for the storms.
You can also stay ahead of severe weather conditions by signing up for NotifyLA, a regional alert system that sends emergency alerts through SMS text, voice message and email. The LAPD non-emergency information line is (877) 275-5273. For all life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Prevent Flooding and Clear Your Drains
Take a look around your home and ensure that all drains, gutters and downspouts are clean and functioning properly. This is especially important for flat-roofed buildings. Keep pipes, troughs and culverts free of debris. Closely examine windows, skylights and doors that may benefit from caulking or weather stripping. Inspect your attic for “leaks” of sunlight, or signs of previous water damage that may indicate where repairs are needed.
Make sure you have household supplies, like a bucket, mop, towel and tarp to minimize damage from a sudden leak or storm water seepage.
Report Storm Damage
Call 3-1-1 or use the MyLA311 app to report any street damage caused by severe weather. To report a fallen tree, call the Bureau of Street Services at (800) 996-2489.
Please remember to stay away from power lines, dangling wire or anyone or anything in contact with it. Always assume that a downed line is still energized. If you experience a power outage, or see a downed power line or electrical wire, immediately call the LA Dept. of Water and Power at (800) 342-5397. LADWP has technicians ready to assist 24/7.
To report a blocked storm drain or catch basin, call the Bureau of Sanitationat (800) 773-2489. The Customer Care Center will remain open 24/7 to receive customer requests.
You can also always contact me at email@example.com or at (818) 755-7676. Please stay safe and dry this weekend!
Very Truly Yours,
Councilmember, District 2
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