Red Flag Warning

RED FLAG WARNING FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Beginning, Wednesday, April 30, 2014 2:00AM through Thursday, May 1, 2014 8:00PM. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Red Flag Warning for strong Santa Ana Winds and widespread single digit humidity is in effect from 2:00AM, Wednesday, April 30 through May 1, 2014 at 8:00PM. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are in place. Low relative humidity and warm temperatures create extreme fire behavior. Afternoon temperatures are expected in the mid 80’s to 90’s. Overnight temperatures exposed to the northeast winds in the 60’s and 70’s. LACoFD will be augmenting staff for 3 out of 5 regions: Malibu, Antelope valley and portions of Santa Clarita in support of the Red Flag Warning. More information on the Red Flag warning can be found here: http://inws.wrh.noaa.gov/weather/alertinfo/16096827 

Rain Advisory

For Immediate Release:                                                                              

March 3, 2014                                                                    

Rain Advisory:

Advisory for all Los Angeles County beaches in effect until

Wednesday, March 5, at 1:30 p.m.

 

LOS ANGELES – Because of current rainfall, the County Health Officer is cautioning residents who are planning to visit Los Angeles County beaches to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers. Bacteria, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to enter ocean waters though these outlets.

 

“Fortunately, discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers only comprises a small portion of the beach, and therefore, anybody who wants to go to the beach will be able to enjoy their outing,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Public Health Director and Health Officer. “We do advise swimmers and surfers to stay away from the storm drains, creeks and rivers as there is the possibility that bacteria or chemicals from debris and trash may contaminate the water near and around these areas, and some individuals may become ill.”

 

Areas of the beach apart from discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers are exempted from this advisory. This advisory will be in effect until at least Wednesday, March 5, at 1:30 p.m. This advisory may be extended depending on further rainfall.

 

Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24-hours a day on the County’s beach closure hotline: 1-800-525-5662. Information is also available online at our website: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/beach/.

 

The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Public Health comprises nearly 4,000 employees and has an annual budget exceeding $900 million. To learn more about Public Health and the work we do please visithttp://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov, visit our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/lapublichealth, find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lapublichealth, or follow us on Twitter: @LAPublicHealth.

 

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Road Closures in LA County

Thursday, February 27, 2014
 
ROADS SET TO CLOSE DUE TO RAIN FORECAST AND POTENTIAL MUDFLOW
The Los Angeles County Public Works Department has advised that, based on the
forecast of inclement weather and potential mud and debris flow events, public access
to the following road segments will be closed. The closures will remain in effect until the
storm system has passed and the roads have been inspected.
 
• Azusa: Old San Gabriel Canyon Rd from Azusa City boundary to the Angeles
National Forest. Effective February 27, at 8 a.m.
• Angeles Nat’l Forest: Glendora Mountain Rd from Big Dalton Rd to East Fork Rd.
Effective February 27, at 8 a.m.
• Angeles Nat’l Forest: Glendora Ridge Rd from Mt. Baldy to Glendora Mountain
Rd. Effective February 27, at 8 a.m.
• Agua Dulce: Bouquet Canyon Rd from Big Oaks Lodge to two miles north of
Vasquez Canyon Rd. Effective February 28, at 1 a.m.
 
Residents and motorists are urged to visit the CARE website at www.dpwcare.org for
further updates on road conditions, or sign up to receive instant notifications through
Public Works’ eNotify system at www.dpw.lacounty.gov. Residents and motorists can
also follow Public Works @dpwCARE for additional information on road conditions.
 
Residents, business owners, and persons with access or functional needs may also call
2-1-1 for LA County information and referral services regarding post-disaster resources
that are available to those affected by the floods, debris, and mudflow. The toll-free 2-1-
1 number is available 24-hours a day and 7-days a week. 211 LA County Services can
also be accessed by visiting www.211la.org.

Freeway Closure Notification

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), in conjunction with California Department of Transportation (Cal Trans), Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and a host of law enforcement, emergency management and emergency response agencies throughout Los Angeles County announced an 80-hour northbound Interstate 405 Freeway lane closure operation that is scheduled to take place in the Sepulveda Pass area during Presidents’ Day weekend (Feb. 14-18, 2014). Please remember that the planned schedule for the operation could be subject to change due to weather conditions. For more information and to find the latest updates, please go to http://www.metro.net/405 or follow the project on twitter: twitter.com/I_405 and Facebook atfacebook.com/405project. For real-time traffic conditions, visit the Caltrans Quick map at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.

Cold Weather Alert

Low Temperatures Expected in Parts of Los Angeles County LOS ANGELES – The County Health Officer is issuing a Cold Weather Alert for the Antelope Valley areas due to the National Weather Service’s forecast for low temperatures beginning Tuesday, January 7 through Wednesday, January 8. Wind chill temperatures are expected to be below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. “We also want to remind people not to use stoves, barbeques or ovens to heat their homes due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Public Health and Health Officer. “There are places where people can go to stay warm, such as shelters or other public facilities. Children, the elderly, and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during such cold snaps; care should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside.” A Winter Shelter Program is available for seniors and those looking for a place to stay warm. Locations and transportation information can be found on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s website at: http://www.lahsa.org/winter_shelter_program.asp, or by calling the LA County Information line at 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone. For the deaf and hard of hearing, please call the TDD line at 1-800-660-4026. Take precautions to protect yourself from the cold: · Dress in layers of warm clothing if you plan to be outdoors. · Protect extremities from the cold by wearing a hat, scarf, gloves, and socks. · Offer to help those in your neighborhood with limited access to heat, such as seniors or those who are ill. Check on them frequently. · During peak cold times, if you don’t have a heater in your home, visit indoor public facilities such as shopping malls, libraries or senior centers. · If you have pets, bring them indoors and do not leave them outside overnight. · If you use an outdoor generator at home, place it at least 10 feet away from all doors and windows to avoid exhaust gases entering the home. · Stoves, barbeques and ovens can produce a deadly gas known as carbon monoxide when used to heat a home. Never use these appliances in place of approved heaters such as electric, natural gas, or fireplaces. · Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home to reduce the risk of poisoning. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include shortness of breath, headaches, muscle and joint pain, and nausea. Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide could lead to death within minutes. Those suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning should be taken outside, into fresh air, immediately, and should be taken to an emergency room for immediate medical treatment. Los Angeles County residents and business owners, including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs may also call 211 LA County for emergency preparedness information and other referral services. The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. 211 LA County services can also be accessed by visiting http://www.211la.org/. The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Public Health comprises nearly 4,000 employees and has an annual budget exceeding $750 million. To learn more about Public Health and the work we do please visit http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov, visit our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/lapublichealth, find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lapublichealth, or follow us on Twitter: @LAPublicHealth.

Press Release: Cold Weather Alert

The Los Angeles County Health Officer is extending the Cold Weather Alert for the San Fernando and Antelope Valley areas due to the National Weather Service’s forecast for low temperatures. Wind chill temperatures are expected to be below 32 degrees Fahrenheit in the following areas and dates: Antelope Valley for Thursday, December 12 through Sunday, December 15 and San Fernando Valley for Thursday, December 12 through Saturday, December 14. For more information: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/phcommon/public/media/mediapubhpdetail.cfm?prid=1152

7-18-13 Beach Hazards Advisory

Beach Hazards Statement – For the Target Areas of Los Angeles County Coast, Catalina Island and Ventura County Coast -Thursday, July 18, 2013, 9:30 am – Sunday, 7-21-13, 12:00 pm There will be a high potential for rip currents, dangerous swimming conditions and high swells along exposed south facing shores through the weekend along with breakers ranging from 3-7 feet over the combined target areas. A beach hazards statement is issued when threats to beach and surf zone safety are expected or occurring. Caution should be used when in or near the water. Stay near occupied lifeguard towers and never swim alone. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore. For additional information that covers the Target Area of Los Angeles County Coast please view the following link: http://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=CA124F0C4E2038.BeachHazardsStatement.124F0C7C5070CA.LOXCFWLOX.b48ed51dfa722fa31cd62f37e7487dfc For additional information that covers the Target Area of Catalina Island please view the following link: http://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=CA124F0C4E2038.BeachHazardsStatement.124F0C7C5070CA.LOXCFWLOX.556aa97867845e253ed5dbf983a9c727

FOUR SCHEDULED WEEKEND CLOSURES ON POMONA FREEWAY

For Your Information…No Action Required.

Please be advised the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today four scheduled 55-hour weekend lane closures on the Pomona Freeway (SR-60) between Fullerton Road and Nogales Street to rehabilitate the pavement. Ramps and the SR-57/SR-60 connector will also be affected. The first closure begins on Friday, July 12, at 10 p.m. and is scheduled to re-open on Monday, July 15, 2013, at 5 a.m.

The other closure dates: Friday, July 26, at 10 p.m. and scheduled to re-open on Monday, July 29, at 5 a.m.; Friday, August 9, at 10 p.m. and scheduled to re-open on Monday, August 12, at 5 a.m.; and Friday, August 23, at 10 p.m. and scheduled to re-open on Monday, August 26, at 5 a.m. (Note: schedule may be subject to change).

Caltrans advises drivers and commuters to please plan accordingly for potential traffic delays.

This press release and other information is posted in the LA County Announcement section located at http://lacounty.gov and the L.A. County Chief Executive Office, Office of Emergency Management website located at http://lacoa.org.

For Your Information…No Action Required.

Source: Caltrans press release

Cooling centers open; ‘life-threatening’ heat to hit L.A. area – LA Times

By Robert J. LopezJune 26, 2013, 6:06 p.m.

Officials in Los Angeles County announced Wednesday that cooling centers would be opening as the National Weather Service predicted “record-setting” and “life-threatening” temperatures across Southern California.

The excessive heat is expected to last from Friday morning through Monday night with triple-digit temperatures across inland and mountain areas, the Weather Service said.

The agency issued excessive heat warnings or watches from San Luis Obispo to San Diego counties.

Temperatures in Antelope Valley could top out at 115 degrees, according to the Weather Service. Highs could reach the 80s along the coast and be near 90 in downtown Los Angeles.

On Wednesday, the temperature hit 100 degrees in Lancaster, 96 in Woodland Hills and 92 in Pomona. Downtown L.A. topped out at 82, according to the Weather Service.

In Los Angeles County, 89 cooling centers were open from Avalon to Lancaster. Click on the following link for an interactive map of the centers.

The Weather Service is urging people to reschedule strenuous activities for the early morning or evening hours and to prepare shady areas for animals and people working outdoors.

Find the original web article here

Excessive Heat Warning from the National Weather Service 06-27-13

Excessive Heat Warning

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA 422 AM PDT THU JUN 27 2013 …

EXCESSIVE HEAT CONDITIONS EXPECTED ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY…

.A STRONG UPPER LEVEL RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD OVER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA…BRINGING A LONG DURATION HEAT WAVE TO INTERIOR SECTIONS FRIDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND. RECORD OR NEAR RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED…WITH CRITICAL HEAT CONDITIONS DEVELOPING. THE AIR MASS WILL INITIALLY START OUT RELATIVELY DRY WITH THIS HEAT WAVE…BUT SOME MONSOONAL MOISTURE MAY BE PULLED INTO THE REGION BY SUNDAY OR MONDAY. THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY THAT EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNINGS MAY NEED TO BE EXTENDED BEYOND SUNDAY.

CAZ044-045-088-547-548-271930- /O.CON.KLOX.EH.W.0001.130629T1700Z-130701T0400Z/ VENTURA COUNTY INTERIOR VALLEYS-VENTURA COUNTY COASTAL VALLEYS- SANTA CLARITA VALLEY-LOS ANGELES COUNTY SAN FERNANDO VALLEY- LOS ANGELES COUNTY SAN GABRIEL VALLEY- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…SANTA PAULA…FILLMORE…OJAI…PIRU… THOUSAND OAKS…NEWBURY PARK…MOORPARK…SIMI VALLEY… SANTA CLARITA…NEWHALL…VALENCIA…WOODLAND HILLS… NORTHRIDGE…BURBANK…UNIVERSAL CITY…PASADENA…SAN GABRIEL… POMONA

422 AM PDT THU JUN 27 2013 …EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM SATURDAY TO 9 PM PDT SUNDAY…

* TEMPERATURES AND HEAT INDEX…AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO CLIMB TO BETWEEN 100 AND 106 DEGREES. HEAT INDEX VALUES (COMBINATION OF TEMPERATURE AND RELATIVE HUMIDITY) ARE EXPECTED TO HOVER AROUND 105 DEGREES EACH DAY. WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE INTO THE NIGHTTIME HOURS…WITH WARMEST LOCATIONS SEEING MINIMUM TEMPERATURES IN THE 70S.

* IMPACTS…CHILDREN…THE ELDERLY…AND PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC AILMENTS ARE THE MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS. HEAT EXHAUSTION…CRAMPS…OR IN EXTREME CASES HEAT STROKE CAN RESULT FROM PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THESE CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY – CALL 911. ALSO…NEVER…EVER LEAVE CHILDREN…THE ELDERLY OR PETS IN ENCLOSED VEHICLES…EVEN FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. EVEN IF THE WINDOWS ARE PARTIALLY OPEN…TEMPERATURES CAN QUICKLY RISE TO LIFE-THREATENING LEVELS.

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