Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor Garcetti reminds Angelenos of city services available during weekend storm

LOS ANGELES — With heavy rain in the forecast, Mayor Eric Garcetti today reminded Angelenos to do everything possible to stay safe during the storm. Drivers should be extra cautious behind the wheel, residents should be mindful of the need for sandbags and other precautions for their homes, and property owners should conserve water by turning off sprinklers.  Heavy showers may cause flooding and other hazards, and strong winds could knock down trees and power lines.  

“The City of Los Angeles is here to help people who need assistance during the storm,” said Mayor Garcetti. “You can report problems such as flooding, mudslides, or fallen trees by calling 311, using the MyLA311 app, or visiting www.myla311.lacity.org.  Everyone in Los Angeles is grateful for the dedication of our incredible City workers, and we know they stand on the front line to help us get through weather we do not experience very often. Let’s all look out for each other on the roads and in our neighborhoods, take some time for indoor fun with family and friends, and have a safe and happy weekend.”

L.A.’s public safety, public works, and utility departments are deploying additional resources to respond to any adverse effects of the rainstorm — including swift-water rescue teams and making ready-to-fill sandbags available at every fire station.  The City’s Emergency Operations Center will be activated to monitor all storm-related activity.

Ready-to-fill sandbags are available at every LAFD fire station; locations to access sand can be found at www.lafd.org.  Power outages can be reported by calling 800-DIAL-DWP (342-5397);  a map of outages can be viewed by visiting www.ladwp.com and clicking the “Power Outages” button on the top right.  Angelenos should remember to stay away from downed power lines and report them by calling 911.

Mayor Garcetti also noted the need to make extra efforts to look out for the most vulnerable people in our communities, and make sure they have a place to keep dry. All winter shelters will be open for 72 hours beginning today at 5 p.m., and the hours and locations can be found at www.lahsa.org.

Angelenos are encouraged to register with NotifyLA, the City’s mass notification system, at www.notifyla.org; all individuals who register will receive information via voice, text, or email message alerts if their designated geographic area is impacted by an emergency.

For regular updates about the storm, follow @ReadyLA and @MayorOfLA on Twitter.