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From Tuesday through Thursday evening, the National Weather Service is predicting an extreme wind event with gusts up to 60 miles per hour in some areas of Los Angeles County.

The combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can lead to an increased risk of wildfire. The Los Angeles County Fire Department has pre-positioned additional firefighters and equipment in areas identified as having elevated risk.

Here are some safety tips on how you can prepare your family and home for severe wind events:

Check for Potential Wind-Borne Objects: Anything can become a flying hazard in high-wind conditions and even strike power lines. Store canopies, trampolines, garbage cans, grills, patio furniture and other objects (e.g., tools, toys, bicycles, etc.) inside your garage or home.

Inspect Trees: Loose or fallen tree branches can cause damage. If possible, make sure to clear them to prevent harm.

Prevention Is Key: Human activity causes 90% of wildfires. Remember to properly dispose of cigarettes and avoid activities that create sparks or include open flames.

Be Prepared for Emergency: In case of a wildfire sparked by high winds, you may need to enact your emergency plan and have your supply kit handy in case you evacuate. Visit fire.lacounty.gov/rsg for information on how to create your Ready! Set! Go! Wildfire Action Plan and how to assemble your supply kit.

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The Office of Emergency Management in Los Angeles County is on high alert in anticipation of strong Santa Ana winds that will impact the County from tonight until Thursday evening.

The National Weather Service is predicting extreme winds with peak gusts possibly up to 80 miles per hour in some isolated Los Angeles County mountainous communities. As a result, power outages and heightened fire conditions can strike any community at any time of day or night.

“The emergency management community in LA County, at large, is on high alert tonight,” stated Kevin McGowan, Director of LA County’s Office of Emergency Management. “Our emergency response officials are world-class and have pre-positioned their personnel and resources in strategic areas to defend lives and property. But, we need collaboration from all residents who live in LA County to stay safe as a region. We must all do our part by staying informed and being ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.”

The following safety tips can help County residents prepare themselves, their families and homes for power outages and evacuations:

Ready your Home: Create and maintain defensible space and harden your home against flying embers. Clear wood, furniture, and other combustibles at least 20 feet away from structures on your property.

Be Evacuation Ready: Prepare your family and home ahead of time for the possibility of having to evacuate. Park your vehicle facing the street so that you do not have to back out, and in the driveway (to avoid being stuck behind an electricity-operated garage door).

Plan Ahead: Keep your mobile phone and other devices charged with the ringer on so you can receive and hear emergency alerts throughout the night.

Stay Informed: Sign up for emergency notification systems available in your community. Identify which system is used by your local law enforcement agency for your neighborhood, at your workplace, school and other places that you or family members frequent. Watch local newscasts and have a battery-operated radio handy so that you can access news if the power goes out.

For more preparedness tips, visit the Los Angeles County’s preparedness website, www.ready.lacounty.gov, follow @ReadyLACounty on Twitter or contact 211LACounty free of charge by dialing 2-1-1 to request preparedness resources, tips and information.

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La Oficina de Manejo de Emergencias del Condado de Los Ángeles está en estado de alerta esta noche en anticipación de los vientos fuertes de Santa Ana que impactarán al Condado desde esta noche hasta el jueves por la noche.

El Servicio Meteorológico Nacional predice vientos extremos con ráfagas máximas posiblemente de hasta 80 millas por hora en algunas comunidades montañosas aisladas del Condado de Los Ángeles. Como resultado, los cortes de energía y las condiciones de incendios intensos pueden afectar a cualquier comunidad en cualquier momento del día o de la noche.

“La comunidad de manejo de emergencias en el Condado de Los Ángeles, en general, está en alerta máxima esta noche”, declaró Kevin McGowan, Director de la Oficina de Manejo de Emergencias del Condado de Los Ángeles. “Nuestros rescatistas de primeros auxilios que responden a emergencias son de clase mundial y han posicionado previamente a su personal y recursos en áreas estratégicas para defender vidas y propiedades. Pero, necesitamos la colaboración de todos los residentes que viven en el Condado de Los Ángeles para mantenernos seguros como región. Todos debemos hacer nuestra parte, manteniéndonos informados y listos para evacuar en cualquier momento”.

Los siguientes consejos de seguridad pueden ayudar a los residentes del Condado a prepararse a sí mismos, a sus familias y hogares para cortes de energía y evacuaciones:

Prepare su hogar: Cree y mantenga un espacio defendible y fortalezca su hogar contra las ascuas voladoras. Aleje la madera, los muebles y otros combustibles al menos a 20 pies de distancia de las estructuras en su propiedad.

Esté listo para la evacuación: Prepare a su familia y su hogar con anticipación para la posibilidad de tener que evacuar. Estacione su vehículo de frente hacia la calle para que no tenga que retroceder y en el camino de entrada (para evitar quedarse atrapado detrás de una puerta de garaje que funciona con electricidad).

Planifique con anticipación: Mantenga su teléfono móvil y otros dispositivos cargados con el timbre encendido para que pueda recibir y escuchar alertas de emergencia.

Manténgase informado: Regístrese para los sistemas de notificación de emergencia disponibles en su comunidad. Identifique qué sistema usa su agencia local de cumplimiento de la ley para su vecindario, en su lugar de trabajo, escuela y otros lugares que usted o sus familiares frecuentan. Mire los noticieros locales y tenga a mano una radio que funcione con baterías para poder acceder a las noticias si se corta la luz.

Para obtener más consejos de preparación, visite el sitio web de preparación del Condado de Los Ángeles (www.ready.lacounty.gov), siga @ReadyLACounty en Twitter o comuníquese con 211LACounty gratuitamente marcando 2-1-1 para solicitar recursos de preparación, consejos e información.

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