Storm Preparedness

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Preparing for the Storm Season

Is your home storm ready?

 Walk around your home and look for anything that might cause problems during a storm. Such as:

  • Clean rain gutters of leaves and debris.  Re-check after rain and wind events.
  • Trim any trees that may come into contact with your home or power lines. Prune large trees that may fall over after heavy rain.
  • If your property has low spots that rely on pumps to remove storm water, ensure they are clear of debris and the pumps operate properly.
  • If you live near storm drains check them periodically.  Notify Public Works (310) 802-5313 (during weekday business hours), or (310) 219 -3870 (after-hours and weekends).
  • Stay informed of weather conditions.
  • Keep flashlights and spare batteries in every room of your home.
  • Make sure your pets are safe during storms.
  • Review your homeowner’s policy and check to see if it covers flood. 

Sand Bags and Sand Availability

  • 10 pre-filled bags per household
  • Unlimited sand and bag. BRING YOUR OWN SHOVEL
  • Bring proof of Manhattan Beach residency

Bagged and Unbagged

  • Public Works Yard - 3621 Bell Avenue (please check into Administration Office prior to retrieval).

Bagged Only

  • Fire Station 1 - 400 15th Street
  • Fire Station 2 - 1400 Manhattan Beach Boulevard

 Create an emergency kit including the following items:

  • Food and water to last three days to a week.  Don’t forget the pets.
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlights (and extra batteries)
  • Radio (and extra batteries)
  • Medications (over-the-counter and prescription)
  • Cash and important documents
  • Clothing and sturdy shoes
  • Tools (wrench, duct tape, fire extinguisher, sturdy gloves, whistle)
  • Sanitation and hygiene supplies

Be aware of:

  1. Road closures and avoid flooded areas- for updates check NIXLE (Sign up for NIXLE by texting 888777 and then enter your zip code to receive updates on Manhattan Beach).  
  2. Weather conditions. Check with the National Weather Service for storm advisories.  www.wrh.noaa.gov/lox
  3. Beach closures. Heavy rainfall can lead to higher bacteria levels in the ocean.  Get the latest information on beach conditions by calling (800) 525- 5662 or on the Public Health website: www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/eh/water_quality/beach_grades.cfm

 In an emergency…

  • Monitor radio and TV news closely for information about weather conditions, flooding in your area and safety precautions being advised.

  • Be prepared to leave immediately if an evacuation is ordered.  Have alternate evacuation routes out of your neighborhood.

  • Stay away from flood channels.  You could be knocked off your feet in as little as six inches of water.

  • Don’t try to cross flooded areas and never enter moving water.  Turn around – don’t drown.

  • Floodwaters pick up sewage and chemicals from roads, farms and factories.  If your home has been flooded, protect your family’s health by cleaning up right away.  Throw out food and medicine that may have been contaminated.

  • Stay away from steep slopes that may become unstable when saturated.

  • Never touch a downed power line, which can cause serious injury or death.  Call 9-1-1 to report it.

  • Avoid tilted trees, telephone poles, fences or walls, and new holes or bare spots on hillsides 

  • If trapped in your vehicle, stay with it.  If possible, relocate to the hood if water continues to rise.

  • Be alert when driving.  Roads may become blocked or closed due to hazards.

Call the Public Works Department at (310) 802-5324 if you have any questions.  For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the Emergency Preparedness webpage.

 

 

            

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