L.A. COUNTY CONTINUES TO URGE WOOLSEY FIRE COMMUNITIES TO PREPARE FOR STORMY WEATHER

January 13, 2019

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting the arrival of consecutive storms that will impact Los Angeles County, with the next storm scheduled to arrive Monday early morning and continuing throughout the week.

Authorities warn that all residents who live in or near the Woolsey Fire burn area should remain aware of their surroundings and weather conditions during these storms. “Even small amounts of rainfall rates may result in significant mud and debris flow, so we strongly encourage residents who live in or near Woolsey Fire burn areas to be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice,” stated Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Captain Darren Harris. “If you feel unsafe or think that hazardous conditions near your home may develop, do not hesitate to leave. Elderly residents, individuals who have medical conditions and residents who own large animals should make plans now to leave their homes as a precaution.”

All Woolsey Fire burn areas continue to be subject to possible evacuations. County public safety authorities are issuing these additional precautions:

  • Communities in low-lying areas or next to steep slopes or waterways are particularly at-risk of falling debris and mud flow.
  • Residents living in homes with limited roadway access or that can become isolated for an extended period due to the storm should consider leaving before storms arrive.
  • Homes or neighborhoods with gates should consider leaving them open to avoid being trapped due to mud flow accumulation; even one-inch of mud can restrict gate operations.
  • If your property becomes unsafe and there is no time to evacuate, seek safe high- ground.
  • Do not attempt to cross flooded areas and never enter moving water.
  • Since all canyon roads may be blocked and subject to closure for extended periods, residents should have enough food, water, medication and supplies for at least 7 to 10 days for all family members, including pets and large animals.

Residents should take the following actions to keep themselves, their families and loved ones safe during these storms:

  • Create a Plan: Create an evacuation plan and identify a primary exit route and a secondary exit route, ensuring your vehicle has enough gas and working wipers.
  • Pack a Go-Kit: Be ready to evacuate by having an emergency kit ready and loaded in your vehicle, which should include items such as extra medication, important documents and warm clothing.
  • Stay Informed: Keep aware of road closures, changing road conditions and evacuation messages by watching local media coverage on television and radio, and following these Twitter handles: @CaltransDist7, @LASDHQ, @LHSLASD, @LACoFDPIO and @LACoPublicWorks.

For additional resources on storm preparation visit lacounty.gov/LARain and follow #LARain and #WoolseyFire on social media feeds.

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