With the arrival of seasonal rain, the Los Angeles Fire Department is encouraging local residents to take the precautions necessary to protect themselves from injury and their property from storm damage.
When rainstorms impact the Los Angeles area, flood control channels, rivers, and arroyos can quickly fill with fast-moving water, creating a potentially life-threatening danger to anyone who gets caught or swept away. It is against the law to be inside a flood control channel in Los Angeles, regardless of the weather.
We urge you to visit the EDIS website and listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio and television stations for the latest weather or emergency information.
FLOOD PREVENTION AND PREPAREDNESS TIPS
IF YOU NEED SANDBAGS
In an effort to assist Los Angeles residents with extreme storm needs, the Los Angeles Fire Department is making empty sandbags available at every Neighborhood Fire Station in the City of Los Angeles.
To find the Los Angeles Fire Department station nearest you, call the City’s 3-1-1 Ambassadors at any hour. They will be pleased to direct you to the closest facility.
TIPS FOR PERSONAL SAFETY DURING A FLOOD
IF YOU FALL IN MOVING WATER
IF YOU SEE SOMEONE FALL INTO MOVING WATER
Immediately call 9-1-1. Tell the 9-1-1 operator that someone fell into the channel and is being swept downstream. Say that swift water rescue teams need to respond. Give accurate information about where and when you saw the victim and what the victim was wearing.
Do not go into the water after the victim. Do not try to pull the victim out with your hands, rope, or similar device. Do not attach anything to yourself and toss it to a victim in the water. The force of the current will pull you in. If possible, throw a floatation device to the victim, such as a boogie board, styrofoam ice chest, basketball, or other unattached object.
IF YOU WITNESS STORM DAMAGE
City of Los Angeles residents should call 3-1-1 or (866)4-LACITY to report potholes, downed street trees, inoperative traffic signals, clogged street drains and any storm-related property damage requiring an inspection or action by City of Los Angeles officials.
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