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Preparing for El Niño

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What is El Niño?

El Niño is the term used to describe unusually high temperatures of Pacific Ocean which is expected to cause California to receive above normal amounts of rain from January to March 2016. El Nino could bring Winter Storms as well as flooding, landslides as a result of four years of drought.

What the Red Cross is doing

American Red Cross Gold Country Region - Preparing for El Niño

Every region of the Red Cross has been working closely with community and government partners like meteorologists, the Office of Emergency Services, and first responders to develop strategies for responding to what could be a severe El Niño season. We are identifying liaisons to serve as members of Mass Care and Sheltering teams at local levels and connecting with these partners to make better decisions on where we should allocate resources during these events.

Moreover, we have been coordinating with Emergency Management Partners to identify at risk areas for Flash floods/runoff flooding, traditional riverine flooding, at risk areas for levy/dam failure and even road closures as a result of snow in the higher elevations.

After a severe drought and wildfire season, our disaster teams are prepared for and understand the risk of landslides and flooding in these areas.

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Flood Safety

Floods are among the most frequent and costly disasters.


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How to Help

American Red Cross Gold Country Region - Preparing for El Niño

El Nino is coming. You can help respond in your community when it needs it most.

The Red Cross works year-round to be ready to respond effectively to disasters of any size. That’s why it’s so critical for us to have the resources and support to maintain a network of more than 2,700 trained volunteers in our region and a nationwide warehousing network stocked with relief supplies. You too can get trained NOW to volunteer with us. Sign up today as a Volunteer and start getting your training to help during a future disaster.