Los Angeles braces for major storm: mobilizes resources and expands services

Moderate to hefty showers will probably be accompanied by breezy winds and flooding concerns on Sunday.
Moderate to hefty showers will probably be accompanied by breezy winds and flooding concerns on Sunday.

Moderate to hefty showers will probably be accompanied by breezy winds and flooding concerns on Sunday.

 Emergency Preparedness Efforts

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass has announced an “all-hands-on-deck effort” as the city prepares for a major storm expected over the weekend. 

Various city departments, including the Department of Water and Power and Street Service, are on standby to address emergencies such as outages and ensure safe conditions.

Outreach to the Homeless Population

Concerns about the unhoused population near the LA River and flood-prone areas have prompted the city’s homeless department officials to intensify outreach efforts. 

Increased shelter and housing voucher availability are being provided to accommodate those seeking refuge from the storm.

Shelter Expansion and Transportation Assistance

Mayor Bass has assured residents that more shelters will be opened by 5 p.m. on Saturday. The city has expanded its shelter capacity, and residents in need can call 211 to request transportation to a shelter. The goal is to accommodate an influx of people seeking safety during the storm.

Encouraging Common-Sense Precautions

Mayor Bass emphasizes the importance of residents taking common-sense precautions, including staying home and off the roads, to ensure their safety during the storm. 

The city is actively preparing, informing, and relying on the cooperation of Angelenos to weather the upcoming challenges.

Fire Department Initiatives

L.A. city Fire Chief Kristin Crowley announces teams will be dispatched to areas near the L.A. River to encourage unhoused individuals to seek shelter. 

Community Emergency Response Teams are ready to respond to non-life-threatening emergencies, further enhancing the city’s emergency preparedness.

Distribution of Sandbags and Reporting Power Lines

To assist residents in storm preparation, fire stations across the county are distributing free sandbags. Additionally, residents are urged to report downed power lines promptly to the Department of Water and Power at 1-800-DIAL-DWP, ensuring a swift response to potential hazards.

Rainfall Forecast and Regional Impact

The impending storm is forecasted to bring substantial rainfall across Southern California, with most areas expecting 3 to 6 inches and foothills/low-elevation mountains facing 6 to 12 inches. 

The comprehensive measures taken by the city aim to mitigate potential risks and safeguard the well-being of its residents.

Gary Monroe

Gary Monroe is a seasoned contributor to the Los Angeles Business Magazine, where he offers insightful analysis on local business trends and economic developments. With a focus on Los Angeles' dynamic commercial landscape, Gary's articles provide valuable perspectives for entrepreneurs and business professionals in the city.

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