The Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management will be on high alert Monday night due to the potential of extreme Santa Ana wind and fire weather conditions in much of the county late Monday night into early Wednesday.
The National Weather Service has called a Red Flag Warning, predicting dry weather coupled with extreme wind, with some peak gusts of possibly up to 50-70 miles per hour in some areas of the county.
The NWS Red Flag Warning is in effect from late Monday night through Tuesday at 10 p.m. Also, a high wind warning will begin early Tuesday morning through Wednesday at 4 a.m.
Widespread portions of Los Angeles County are affected, including the areas of the Santa Clarita Valley, the high country, Los Angeles basin, and the Santa Monica Mountains, extending to the coast and Catalina Island.
As a result, power outages may occur and wildfires can strike, making it critical for residents to be aware and prepared.
Also on high alert, the Los Angeles County Fire Department has implemented its augmented staffing plan in response to the warnings.
“The emergency management community in L.A. County, at large, will be on high alert tonight,” said Kevin McGowan, director of the county’s Office of Emergency Management. “Our emergency response officials are world-class and will stand ready to defend lives and property. But, we need collaboration from all residents who live in L.A. 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, especially if you live in canyon, mountain, or foothill communities.”
The following safety tips can help county residents prepare themselves, their families, and homes for power outages and evacuations:
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. Have working flashlights for all family members ready and within reach.
Be Evacuation Ready: Prepare your family, pets 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).
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 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 ready.lacounty.gov, follow @ReadyLACounty or dial 2-1-1 to request resources and information.