City Reminder: Stay Informed about Local Fires and Review Emergency Preparedness Plans

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The City of West Hollywood sent out a memo reminding community members to review emergency preparedness plans in case of a fire, following the recent The Saddleridge Fire, which began on Thursday, October 10, 2019 in the Sylmar area, which has forced mandatory evacuations affecting tens of thousands of people in communities such as Porter Ranch in the north San Fernando Valley. This fire poses no threat for the City of West Hollywood.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning about the moderate to strong Santa Ana winds that brought dangerous fire weather conditions to most of Los Angeles County throughout late Friday afternoon.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is providing regular updates about the Saddleridge Fire on its website at www.lafd.org/news/saddleridge-brush-fire and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LAFD. This includes details about evacuations and containment updates. As of the posting of this piece, the fire is 19% contained.

The City of West Hollywood is served by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which is providing related updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LACoFD.

Los Angeles County has implemented an emergency mass notification called Alert LA County, which is used to contact residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages, or e-mail messages in case of emergency. City of West Hollywood residents are encouraged to sign up for updates at www.lacounty.gov/emergency/alert-la.

Wildfires may affect air quality as winds carry smoke and particles across the Greater Los Angeles Area. Sensitive individuals, such as those with heart disease, asthma, or other respiratory disease, should follow recommendations to avoid unnecessary outdoor exposure and to limit physical exertion (whether indoor or outdoor), such as exercise, when air quality is affected.

The City of West Hollywood encourages community members to review emergency preparedness plans. Plan ahead with neighbors, family members, and for pets and refresh emergency supply kits, water, and food supplies.

For emergency services and disaster preparedness tips, please visit www.weho.org/publicsafety.

For more information about Public Safety in the City of West Hollywood, please call (323) 848-6414.

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