Weather Alert!!: San Bernardino County, CA: Get prepared and ready for El Nino storms.

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Weather Alert!!: San Bernardino County, CA: Get prepared and ready for El Nino storms.

Are you, your family, your friends, your co-workers, and your community prepared and ready for the El Nino storms?

The season of cold and wet weather has arrived, and as we wait for what this winter season will bring to our community, making sure that everybody is prepared and ready for whatever this winter season will bring will keep you, your family, your friends, your co-workers, and your community safe and warm.

** Here are a list of information, list of do’s and don’t, and resources that can help you be prepared and ready for yourself, your family, your friends, your co-workers, and your community in case any El Nino storms related disasters hits: **

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**** Have An Emergency Preparedness Vehicle Kit: ****

Because of icy conditions or snow fall in the mountains, everybody may want to head up to the mountains to play in the snow or ski down the mountains, but before you go up to the icy and snow mountains, the Automobile Club of Southern California (A.A.A) recommends everybody keeps the following 7 important items inside your vehicle in case of winter and El Nino storms related roadside emergencies.

– Jacket

– Closed toed shoes

– Gloves

– Blankets

– Flashlight and extra batteries in your vehicle.

– Keep bottled water and non perishable snacks in their vehicle.

– As in case of any emergency, keep a first-aid kid in your vehicle. Those taking prescription medications should also make sure to keep extra handy.

– Keep a cellphone fully charged up, a car charger, and extra batteries in case of an emergency.

– Carrying a jumper cable and tire chains in your trunk in case you need to get around debris in the roadway.

– Make sure to change your windshield wipers because they may have cracked in the heat and check that your brakes are in good shape.

**** Have An Emergency Preparedness Kit: ****

Have an Emergency Preparedness Kit inside both your home, business, and vehicle that is easy to grab and go; such as inside a backpacks.

Make sure your Emergency Preparedness Kit is easy to access in case you have to grab and leave.

** Items to have inside your Emergency Preparedness Kit are as follows: **

– Medications

– Examination gloves

(Non-Latex)

– First Aid handbook or manual

– Antibiotic ointment

– Soap or hand sanitizer

– Safety Eye goggles

– Instant cold packs

– Lubricant or petroleum jelly

– Thermometer

– Save-A-Tooth storage device containing salt solution and a travel case

– Sterile gauze pads

– Disposable gloves

– Triangular bandages

– Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes

– Antiseptic wipes and solution

– Scissors, needle and tweezers

– Safety pins

– Disposable instant cold packs

– A few plastic bags to dispose off contaminated material

– Cotton balls

– Roller bandage

– Medicine spoon and syringe

– Aspirin or paracetamol

– Non aspirin pain relievers

– Calamine lotion

– Drugs for allergic attacks

(Prescribed by your family doctor)

– Over the counter oral antihistamines like Benadryl

– Over the counter hydrocortisone cream

(1%)

– Anti-diarrhea medicines

– Aloe vera gel

– Medicines for common ailments such as cold, fever, sore throat, cough, indigestion, or constipation

– Absorbent compress dressings

– Water proof plasters

– Sterile eye pads

– Cling film to apply over burns

– Alcohol free wipes or sterile saline to clean wounds

– Vitamins

– Personal hygiene supplies such as toothpaste, toothbrush, body soap, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, hairbrush, tampons, toilet paper, lotion, and others

– Towels

– Solar powered and/or wind up flashlight

– Extra light bulbs

– Light and glow sticks

– Extra batteries; including reusable batteries

– Solar powered and/or wind up battery charger

– Solar powered and/or wind up portable radio

– Sunscreen

– A cell phone and its charger that can fit into the accessory plug in your car

– Waterproof Matches

– Waterproof Lighter

– Candles

– Fire starter

– Compass

– Knives; pocket and/or military knives

– Dust mask

– Spare eyeglasses or contact lenses and cleaning solution

– Whistle

(To alert rescuers to your location)

– Extra pairs of clothes; both in case of hot or cold weather, such as jackets, sweaters, jeans, underwear, socks, and perhaps

– Sturdy shoes; work booths and walking shoes. No flip flops will not work in case you have to walk over broken glass.

(Where you’re not wearing your daily shoes, take off your shoes and put them near your bed or wear you are sleeping in case you need to reach for them in a disaster)

– Handkerchief

– Blankets

– Sleeping bag

– Tent

– Trap (Can be use to make a shelter)

– Military rope

– Tools; tools that can cut things, break through things, and do not need power to use.

– A can opener

– Detailed road maps (If can, get a map of evacuation routes in case of a disaster such as flooding. In larger cities such as Los Angeles, California, Thomas Guide map books is a good suggestion to have in case computer maps go down).

– Bottled water

(One gallon of water per person per day, for at least 7 days, for drinking and sanitation)

– Keep a supply of water purification tablets in your emergency kit to rid any water source of potentially dangerous contaminant.

– Store at least a 7 days supply of non-perishable food, such as ready to eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener Protein or fruit bars,dry cereal or granola, peanut butter, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, canned juices, non-perishable pasteurized milk, high energy foods, and food for infants comfort/stress foods.

(Choose foods your family will eat. Remember any special dietary needs. Avoid foods that will make you thirsty. Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.)

– Wrenches to turn off gas and water supplies

– Heavy duty plastic bags for waste, and to serve as tarps, rain ponchos, and other uses

– Charcoal or gas grill for outdoor cooking and matches if needed

– Cooking utensils, including a manual can opener

– Pet food and pet restraints

– Emergency cash (Automated Teller Machines or A.T.M.s may not be accessible during and after a disaster for a while; especially if the power will be out for days)

– Comfort items such as games, crayons, writing materials, teddy bears for the kids and for yourself

– Make copies of important documents in case they are damaged such as your medical cards, birth certificate, insurance papers, medical consent forms, driver’s license, work identification card, state identification card, passports, and etc.

– Have written down important medical information in case you forget such as list of prescriptions, doctor’s name and contact information, what foods or medications you’re allergic to, family member’s medical history sheets, and both list of contacts of family and friends; especially contacts that are out of the area of the disaster.

** All of these items may be a lot, but you can add to your Emergency Preparedness Kit little by little and as much as you can at a time and can afford. **

** Preparing for cold, rain, flooding, icy, and snow of El Nino: **

As the El Nino storms approach here are some things to do and not do.

– Make sure that around your property that any storm drains and gutters are cleared of any debris.

– Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches.

– Prepared sandbags in case you need them for flooding.

– If you’re living near hillside that usually has some runoff flowing from it during heavy rain storms, begin to show up that hillside, such as using tarps and sandbags.

– Have your Emergency Preparedness Kit ready and near by for quick access and grab in case you have to leave.

– In case of a different mudslide occurs in your area, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

– Before venturing out into the cold, make sure you’re prepared in what you’re wear. Wear warm clothing such as jackets, very sturdy shoes, and thick gloves. If not wearing them, keep warm clothing close by. Make sure to have an extra set of warm clothing as well as blankets and sleeping bag in your vehicle and where your emergency preparedness kit is located.

– If ground is icy outside, please be careful walking outside so not to slip. Do not run to your destinations.

– If snow being to fall well you’re driving, use caution when driving, pay very close attention to your driving and what’s around you, and make sure you have your safety belt on, and have your chains snow chains ready prepare to put on.

– When driving when raining, use caution when driving, pay very close attention to your driving and what’s around you.

– In areas of flooding, stay away from those flooded areas such as dry washes, channels, and rivers. Do not be playing in those dry washes, channels, and rivers.

– If you see anybody swept away in a flash flooding, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

– If power goes out, make sure to have battered ready flashlight, battered weather radio, and extra batteries ready. Cranked up flashlights and weather radios are very recommended to have also ready.

– If utility wires or poles are down do not touch the live utility wires and poles, please call authorities and the electric company immediately so they can take care of the problem.

– If the roads highways or interstates are closed for whatever reason, do not inter and turn around; “Turn Around, Don’t Drown’. Do not risk your life just to get to your destination faster.

**** In case of ligthning from El Nino: ****

In case of lightning from the El Nino storms, here are some things to do and not do.

– If in case of lightning, remember, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!.”

– If thunder is thundering and lightning in flashing close by or overhead well you’re outside, get out of the water and get inside your home or building immediately.

– Stay off of your corded phones when lightning is happening well you’re inside your home or a building. You can use cellular or cordless phones.

– Do not touch electrical equipment or cords when lightning is happening well you’re inside your home or a building.

– Avoid plumbing and do not wash your hands, take a shower, or wash dishes when lightning is happening well you’re inside your home or a building.

– Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches when lightning is happening well you’re inside your home or a building.

– Do not lay on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls when lightning is happening well you’re inside your home or a building.

– If you’re unable to get into a home or building, get into a fully-enclosed and all-metal vehicle. Some people may think that the rubber tires on a vehicle help to protect a driver and occupants from a lightning strike, but this is a myth. In actuality, lightning flows around the outside of a vehicle, and the majority of the current flows from the vehicle’s metal cage into the ground below. In essence, a vehicle acts like a mobile Faraday cage. However, not all vehicles are created equal. Convertibles don’t have metal roofs, which compromises the Faraday cage affect. In addition, some vehicles are manufactured out of non-metal parts, which impedes electricity’s ability to flow through the car.

– Well inside the vehicle, do not touch interior metallic areas on a vehicle. It’s important to fold your hands in your lap and avoid touching anything metal within the car. Do not touch the radio or talk on the cell phone, especially if it is connected to your vehicle. The lightning charge goes around the outside of the vehicle, creating a Faraday effect and protecting the occupants inside.

– If you’re driving and lightning is happening, pull to the side of the roadway, turn on your hazard lights, turn off the engine, and wait out the storm.

– Once the electrical current has passed through the vehicle and entered into the ground, it is technically safe to exit the vehicle. However, it’s best to wait until the thunderstorm has passed before getting out of your vehicle.

** More lightning safety tips and information is at the following National Weather Services website address: **

http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/indoors.htm

Hopefully these tips could help you, your family, your friends, your co-workers, and community be prepared and ready for El Nino.

**** Helpful Websites: ****

The County of San Bernardino’s Department of Public Works and Southern California Edison maintain interactive maps and reports of road closures and power outages, respectively, on their websites. For your convenience, here are the links:

– County Public Works Road Conditions:

http://www.sbcounty.gov/dpw/transportation/road_closures.asp

In case of a power outage, Southern California Edison (S.C.E.) has a power outage map that customers can view and get information on the power outage.

– Southern California Edison (S.C.E.) Outage Map:

https://www.sce.com/wps/portal/home/outage-center/outage-map/!ut/p/b1/hc_bCoJAEAbgZ-kFnFHxdLlK6EqUq-Fhb0LDNkHdMsvXT8GbLqq5G_j-4R_gkAPvy1cjyrGRfdkuOzdPqu2TgCZIfStApLGnqp7GNERjBsUM8MsQ_JfPgH8Se5daSF0_YWmUYuCoK3B83AbhYb5xZDpSneE-IURHNFfwo0MIXLSymv_JXODPe2FYbGlO-kq3BfChvtRDPShX-Rghn6ZJEVKKtlbOsoNbl2MTdXFBNps3lZApGg!!/dl4/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/

** More weather safety tips and information is at the following National Weather Service website address: **

http://www.weather.gov/safety

** More weather information and weather radars for your area at the National Weather Service website at: **

http://www.weather.gov/

** Weather radar for the Colorado River Tri-State area including for the community of Needles, California is at the National Weather Service website address: **

http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=ESX&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes

** More traffic reports and information at the following California Highway Patrol (C.H.P.) Traffic Incident Information Page website address: **

http://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx

** Storms and Weather Preparedness and Information Resources: **

– National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

http://www.weather.gov/safety

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/psr/general/safety/index.php

http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/indoors.htm

– Ready.Gov:

http://www.ready.gov/severe-weather

http://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

http://www.ready.gov/floods

http://www.ready.gov/landslides-debris-flow

http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

– American Red Cross:

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/thunderstorm

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/tornado

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/power-outage

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/landslide

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm

– County of San Bernardino:

http://www.sbcounty.gov/main/elnino.asp

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