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    City of West Hollywood Urges Community Members to be Cautious During Heavy Rain

    The City of West Hollywood urges community members to stay informed and use caution during continued heavy rains, which are currently forecasted to take place Sunday, February 18, 2024 through Wednesday, February 21, 2024. A National Weather Service flood watch is in effect for Los Angeles County from 4 p.m. on Sunday through 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

    The National Weather Service is providing updated weather information at https://www.weather.gov/lox/

    When preparing for the storm, take the following actions:

    • Secure your outdoor space: move furniture, umbrellas, and other lightweight items to indoor or secured areas so they do not float away
    • Gather emergency supplies that will allow you to shelter in place during the storm, including food, water, radios, medication, and pet supplies
    • Prepare for power outages with batteries, flashlights, backup cell phone chargers, and charging cables
    • Sign up to receive text, email, and phone call emergency alerts for your home, work, and school at https://www.notifyla.org
    • Pick-up sand and sandbags from your local fire station. More information here: https://www.lafd.org/news/lafd-provides-sandbags-homeowners
    • Prepare medical devices and cell phones for potential power outages by charging them completely and getting back-up systems ready
    • Check-in on your neighbors to make sure they know about the storm conditions and are prepared
    • Check storm drains where you live and in your neighborhood to make sure they are cleared of debris
    • Review your emergency plan and take necessary actions to ensure the care of family members who may need extra care.  Don’t forget your pets.
    • Be ready to evacuate, if sudden life-threatening conditions occur.

    During the storm, take the following actions:

    • Avoid driving if at all possible. Dangerous road conditions are anticipated throughout the region. Watch for potholes and other hazards on the road. Do not attempt to drive through flooded roads
    • Bring pets inside during the storm to keep them safe from falling debris
    • Call 911 for life-threatening situations, such as people trapped by flooding or damaged trees, and debris flows threatening buildings
    • Assume all downed power lines are electrified and dangerous. If you or someone else is in danger, call 911.  Report power issues to the Department of Water and Power by calling 1-800-342-5397
    • Do not operate generators indoors or in garages. Generator operation tips can be found here: https://www.fema.gov/fact-sheet/use-generators-safely-home
    • Monitor https://emergency.lacity.gov/updates for information on the latest storm updates and City response.

    As a reminder, driving in rain, whether a drizzle or a heavy downpour, can be dangerous. Rainy conditions are directly associated with higher accident rates. Adjust your driving style for wet roads and reduced visibility. The following tips will help ensure driving safely during rainy days: slow down; turn on headlights; use windshield wipers; maintain a safe distance; avoid heavy braking; watch for standing water; let off the accelerator when hydroplaning; and ventilate your car during rain.

    To report storm-related issues in the City of West Hollywood, call (323) 848-6375. For more information about structural damage or potential hillside slope movement, please contact the City’s Building and Safety Division at (323) 848-6320. Report gas leaks or damage to the Southern California Gas Company by calling (800) 427-2200. To report a power outage, call Southern California Edison at (800) 611-1911. Report downed power lines or other emergencies by calling 911.

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