California residents urged to prepare for incoming stormsBy: Staff Report
California Emergency Management Agency Secretary Mark Ghilarducci is urging residents to prepare for significant rainfall and high winds beginning tomorrow and lasting throughout the weekend.
According to the National Weather Service, a major shift in the weather pattern will bring wet and windy weather to
Local power outages are possible as a result of downed trees from gusting winds and small stream flooding is also likely with dam overflow and runoff.
“Cal EMA staff and emergency managers throughout the state are actively monitoring the situation” Ghilarducci said. “The state stands ready to support local response efforts if needed.”
Ghilarducci noted that between 1950 and 2009 flood-related emergencies resulted in more state of emergency proclamations for
As part of winter weather preparations, Californians are encouraged to replenish or assemble an emergency supply kit, and review or develop a family emergency plan.
Emergency supply kits should include:
-- At least a three-day supply of food and water for each family member
-- First-aid supplies and medicines, as well as cash
-- Extra batteries and a manual can opener
Emergency plans should include:
-- The name and phone number of out-of-town contacts
-- Safe routes from your home or business to higher ground
-- A place to reunite if you and family members are separated
-- Considerations for family members with access and functional needs
During the inclement weather, residents should listen to the radio or watch television to obtain information about the latest forecast and instructions from local officials, use telephones only for emergency calls, avoid driving if possible and cooperate with emergency officials.
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