Due to the current winter storms, it is important to plan and prepare for the increased potential of flooding, mudslides and debris run-off, particularly around wildfire burn areas. The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) urges residents living in areas prone to debris flow and mudslides to be prepared for danger:
- Obtain sandbags ahead of time. Sandbags (and instructions about how to use them) are available at most local LACoFD fire stations. Visit dpw.lacounty.gov/dsg/sandbags/ to find your nearest station.
- Know how to shut off all utilities. Remember, water and electricity do not mix
- Flowing water is an instant danger zone. Stay away from flood control channels, catch basins, canyons and natural waterways which are susceptible to flooding during periods of heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded areas and never enter moving water. If you become isolated, seek the highest ground available and wait for help. If flooding traps you in your car, stay inside. If the water rises higher, wait on top of your car for assistance. Do not step into moving water around your car. If you see someone who has been swept into moving water, do not enter the water and attempt a rescue. Call 911 for emergency rescue personnel and, if possible, throw them a flotation device.
General storm preparedness information is available at https://ready.lacounty.gov/rain/
Winter Shelters are opening early to provide safety for people who are homeless. For shelter locations and hours, call 2-1-1 or use the online chat button below.