As we all prepare for more upcoming El Niño weather, I wanted to send you and your family a couple of helpful tips on how to better manage this wet stormy season.
As unpredictable as the season will be, we know we will see heavy runoff that will cause larger scale flooding, high winds, power outages, and fire dangers that will obviously affect our roads, transportation and possibly the timely delivery of goods. Preparation will be key. You may have seen similar outreach from your local water districts and/or have been provided information from the city or county in which you live.
Here are a few easy things you can do to better prepare:
1. WHAT'S YOUR PLAN?--Have a family AND work emergency plan. In case of closed roads or prolonged detours, have an alternative way to get reconnected with loved ones. In an emergency, cell service and internet most likely will not be available.
2. EMERGENCY KITS--Replenish your emergency supplies kit for yourself, each family member and pets. (at home, in your car and at your workplace.) http://www.ready.gov/maintaining-your-kit
3. TRIM TREES--Make sure your trees are trimmed, rain gutters cleaned and storm drains collecting debris are cleared to prevent water routing onto private property or on streets you routinely use.
4. FREE RAIN BARRELS--Install rain barrels. Look for FREE rain barrel distributions in your area. Here are two upcoming giveaway events in our district.
Saturday, January 16, 2016 8am Link: http://upperdistrict.org/events/director-michael-touheys-rain-barrel-giveaway-event/
Saturday, January 30, 2016 8am Link: http://upperdistrict.org/events/director-bryan-urias-rain-barrel-giveaway-event/
5. WHERE DO YOU LIVE?--Use this link to type in your address and check if you live in a flood zone. http://bit.ly/22JjCJb
6. FLOODS--Do not attempt to drive, walk or cross stormwater channels and basins. Stay away from floods and rushing water.
7. SANDBAGS--Obtain sandbags to control erosion or divert water from possible flooding. Many cities or fire stations are providing them free to residents to pick up. For a list, click on this link: http://dpw.lacounty.gov/dsg/sandbags/
8. WEATHER REPORTS--Continue to check National Weather Service for storm advisories. http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/lox
Please feel free to contact my office at (626)430-2499 with any comments, suggestions or additional helpful tips you may have that might assist others in being safer and more prepared for this upcoming El Niño season.
As always, it is an honor and privilege to bring you resources and information that may be helpful to you.
Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D.
22nd Senate District