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WITH RAIN COMES MUD: How To Stay Storm Safe

STAFF REPORTS

Los Angeles CountyDon’t get caught in a mud and debris flow! Los Angeles County firefighters remind their local residents to be aware of the potential mud and debris flow dangers associated with rainy days. This is especially true for residents living in post-burn areas of any recent wildfires.

 

Checklist For Living In A Burn Area:

 

  • Monitor radio and TV news closely for information about weather conditions and flooding in your area.
  • Identify important items to take if your neighborhood is evacuated, such as computers, photos, important documents, medications, and other needed items for your family and pets.
  • Be prepared to leave immediately if an evacuation is ordered. Know alternate evacuation routes out of your neighborhood.
  • Have an emergency plan that is easy for all family members to understand.
  • Have enough food and water to supply your family for at least a 72-hour period.
  • Always remember to include a radio and flashlight with fresh batteries in your kit.
  • Acquire any needed sandbags and instructional materials at your local Los Angeles County fire station.

 

Be Storm Smart! Follow These Safety Guidelines:

 

  1. Never underestimate the power of storm and debris flows.
  2. Stay away from flood control channels, catch basins, canyons, and natural waterways, which are vulnerable to flooding during periods of heavy rain.
  3. Do not attempt to cross flooded areas and never enter moving water on foot or in a vehicle.
  4. If flooding traps you in your car, stay in your vehicle if possible. If necessary, wait on top of your car for assistance.
  5. If you become isolated, seek the highest ground available and wait for help.
  6. If you see someone who has been swept into moving water, do not enter the water and attempt a rescue. Immediately call 9-1-1 and, if possible, throw a rope or some type of floatation device to them.

 

The more prepared you are, the better chance you have to survive a major storm-related emergency. For more information on flood safety and disaster preparedness, visit

http://www.fire.lacounty.gov/safety-messages/winter-safety-tips/.

 

 

Fall In Love With Autumn

BY: K.P. SANDER

This is one of the hottest summers that I can remember. The barometer hasn’t even glanced toward anything less than 90 degrees in what seems like months. Being of British descent, it’s in my DNA to appreciate downright cold weather. It’s invigorating! As of late, however, I’m feeling a bit lazy. Normally one to enjoy dressing the part, I am reduced to t-shirts, shorts and a wet pony tail. The thought of getting out the blow dryer is, well, ewww.

The hissing of summer lawns is overshadowed by the whirl and whine of air conditions trying to keep one step ahead of the sweltering heat and humidity. Like me, you’ve probably had the electric company reduce your ability to run the A/C at peak times – and rightly so. At 106 degrees, a hot community could bring a grid to its knees.

So you try to enjoy the slightly cooler temperatures of the evenings by sitting outdoors, but then those little darlings of the West Nile [virus] start sipping on you like you’re a piña colada. Back indoors you go and make an attempt not to sweat and sleep at the same time.

But enough complaining, already. Let us turn our thoughts to all things autumn. Ah, sweaters, scarves, warm fires, hot chocolate, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, trips to local mountains, colors changing, the baking of pies and breads, apple cider, and jack-o-lanterns. It’s no longer hot, but most wonderfully cool. The word ‘Crisp’ comes to mind (although a friend who lived in Wisconsin once told me I didn’t know the meaning of the word).

Fall Festivals start cropping up and electric bills go down. Wardrobes change, dinner menus start to include casseroles and turning the oven on is no longer a crime. Lawns start perking up as they feel able to muster up a bit more green, and if you’ve planted a summer vegetable garden, you’re gathering the last of the harvest.

Soon, Halloween costumes will be selected and Thanksgiving plans will start to formulate. It seems the whole color palette around us changes to burgundies, golds, reds, greens, and plums. As leaves begin to drop and decorate the neighborhoods, the air feels fresher, and life just seems a bit cozier. People, in general, seem to generate a warmth, and appear a little friendlier.

As the poet, Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote, “…Pile high the logs till the flame be leaping; at bay the chill of the autumn keeping; while pilgrim-wise, we may go a-reaping – in the fairest meadow of memory!”

‘Tis autumn, at last!

 

 

Eastvale: Stay Cool This Summer

By LEAFF (Law Enforcement and Fire Fighters)

 

LEAFF Law Enforcement and Fire Protection

L.E.A.F.F. Eastvale

Eastvale – With all the heat and humidity that we are experiencing this summer – not to mention the drought conditions that make us look forward to rain and cooler weather – LEAFF recommends that you use these Tips for Staying Safe in the Heat:

1. Make sure to keep hydrated. Lots of water and fluids are crucial when playing or working outside. If your children are in sports they should be drinking water consistently- ALL DAY- even before their activity begins.

2. Make sure there is adequate shade for your animals outside or bring them inside, if possible, when the temperatures rise.

3. Make sure animals have fresh, clean water to last all day; and be sure to change their water completely at least every two days to avoid stagnation, which pets tend to avoid.

4. Try to exercise outdoors either early in the morning, or in the evening when it’s cooler.

5. Never leave animals or children inside of a hot vehicle, no matter what!

San Gabriel: Flash Flood Kills 1 In Mount Baldy

STAFF REPORTS

Mount Baldy – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, San Dimas Station, has issued a statement that Joohwan Lee, 48, of El Segundo, was killed in a flash flood accident on Sun., Aug. 3, between 6:15 and 7:15 p.m.

The San Gabriel Mountains experienced heavy rainfall which created a flash flood condition that overflowed Bear Canyon Creek. Lee, who was driving northbound on Bear Canyon Road, was caught in the flash and the force of the mud and debris pushed his vehicle 200 feet south on the road where it came to rest against a tree.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies patrolling nearby located Lee’s vehicle, and with the assistance of the San Bernardino County Fire Department, he was extricated. However, Lee succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Los Angeles County Coroner has yet to determine the exact cause of death.

Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department San Dimas Sheriff’s Station responded and assumed control of the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, San Dimas Station, Sergeant Rodriquez, at (909) 450-2700. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Diamond Bar: Crazy Weather

Pastor Mark Hopper Diamond Bar

Pastor Mark Hopper

BY MARK HOPPER

I think all of us in Southern California have been amazed by the continuing warm weather we have been having this winter. It sure doesn’t feel like winter!
I call this, “Rose Parade Weather.” Usually right around the first of the year we get this wave of warm weather while the rest of the country is frozen under snow and sub-zero temperatures. When people in other parts of the country watch the Rose Parade, they notice the clear blue skies and warm sunny weather. The result is that a lot of them leave their homes and move to California!

But this year, the unusually warm weather hasn’t stopped. I think we are into our third of fourth week of temperatures that are far above normal. In addition, we are hearing reports that rainfall is far below normal. The Governor has declared a “Drought Emergency,” and is asking all of us to reduce our water usage.

For some people, the warm weather is wonderful. I am enjoying working in my yard and my tomato plants are happy with dozens of new blossoms. For other people, the warm weather is not as welcome. Local ski resorts have not had fresh snow in weeks. Skiers and snow boarders are hoping things will change soon.

Some things are out of our control. We can’t make it rain. We can’t change the temperature. We can’t change the weather. But, we can change how we respond to each situation we face. We can grumble or we can be grateful. We can complain or we can adapt to situations that are out of our control.

Remember, the weather will eventually get back to “normal”. The snow will come, the cooler weather will return and we will soon forget the summer of January 2014. So, enjoy it while you can!

Evangelical Free Church of Diamond Bar 3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd (909) 594-7604 Sunday Services: 9:00 & 10:45 AM Website: http://www.efreedb.org