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The Red Cross Will Help Keep You Safe in This Rain Storm

Rain in Los Angeles, Red Cross Safety Tips
Mandatory evacuations are already in effect in Azusa and Glendora

The winter storm continued to bring bands of heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms to the Southern California region on Saturday. The storm was expected to drop 1” to 2” of rain for the Coastal and Valley areas and 1’ to 3” for the Mountain areas. Scattered showers will continue through Sunday, March 2.

In response, there are relief supplies and dozens of volunteers on stand-by including Shelter Staffing, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) leadership, Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) teams, Government Liaisons and Public Affairs Associates.

Updated Watches and Warnings:

Flash Flood Watches have been issued for the following areas: Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Clarita Valley, Downtown Los Angeles, Catalina Islands, and San Fernando Valley. This Flash Flood Watch is to last until 9 pm. Saturday, March 1.

A High surf warning will still be in effect for Coastal areas through Sunday March 2.

Mandatory evacuations remain in effect in Azusa, Glendora but as of 6:00pm Saturday have been lifted in Monrovia. For more information on the evacuation orders, please click on the following links:

  • http://www.ci.glendora.ca.us/residents/colby-fire-information
  • http://www.ci.azusa.ca.us/
  • http://www.cityofmonrovia.org/fire/page/flash-flood-watch-mandatory-evacuations-lifted-residents-can-go-home
  • Currently an evacuation center is open in Glendora (Crowther Center at 241 W. Dawson Avenue) and is being managed by the City of Glendora Community Services Department. Red Cross is on stand-by to assist when requested.

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    Here are some safety steps that will help keep you safe:

    DRIVING SAFETY TIPS:

    • Make sure to check your car tires and wipers to see if they are functioning safely.

    • Have extra clothes and a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk. Pack high-protein snacks, water, first aid kit, flashlight, small battery-operated radio, an emergency contact card with names and phone numbers, extra prescription medications, blankets and important documents or information you may need.

    • Fill the vehicle’s gas tank and clean the lights and windows to help you see.

    • Find out what disasters may occur where you are traveling and pay attention to the weather forecast. Before you leave, let someone know where you are going, the route you plan to take, and when you expect to get there. If your car gets stuck, help can be sent along your predetermined route.

    • If you have to drive, make sure everyone has their seat belts on and give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.

    • Don’t follow other vehicles too closely. Sudden stops are difficult on wet roadways.

    • Don’t use cruise control when driving in winter weather.

    FLOODING SAFETY:

    • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

    • When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.

    • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

    • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

    • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

    • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

    LANDSLIDE SAFETY:

    • If you suspect imminent danger, evacuate immediately. Inform affected neighbors if you can, and contact your public works, fire or police department.

    • Listen for unusual sounds that might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together.

    • If you are near a stream or channel, be alert for any sudden increase or decrease in water flow and notice whether the water changes from clear to muddy. Such changes may mean there is debris flow activity upstream so be prepared to move quickly.

    • Be especially alert when driving— watch for collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks and other indications of possible debris flow.

    • If you are ordered or decide to evacuate, take your animals with you.

    • Consider a precautionary evacuation of large or numerous animals as soon as you are aware of impending danger.

    DURING SEVERE STORMS

    • Stay alert and awake. Many deaths from landslides occur while people are sleeping.

    • Listen to local news stations on a battery-powered radio for warnings of heavy rainfall.

    • Consider leaving if it is safe to do so.