STORM WATCH—January 3, 2K8
Malibuites in at-risk areas should take every precaution to prepare for the impending weather, review their emergency plans, continuously monitor the latest weather reports and listen for any warnings or special instructions from public safety personnel.
• Prepare or update family emergency plans and make sure all parties know the plan.
• Identify a meeting place outside the immediate area.
• Make sure family members know where to go to re-unite if they are separated.
• Make arrangements for all pets and livestock before the watch or warning.
• Listen to available media for the latest weather information and instructions.
• Update emergency supply kits by including: Drinking water; food; medicines; battery-operated flashlights and radios; first-aid kit and book; warm clothing; animal supplies (leads, carriers, etc.)
• Learn the difference between flash flood watches and flash flood warnings.
• Teach children to avoid creeks, canyons, drainage control channels and washes at all times.
• Drive only when necessary.
• Meet with neighbors to discuss and coordinate possible assistance.
• Contact county flood control personnel and other experts to learn what actions, including sandbagging, can protect property from small mudflows.
BURN AND FLOOD AREA CONCERNS
• If officials have determined that a home or business is in an area at risk to flash floods and debris flows and a warning is issued, be prepared for evacuation should that prove necessary.
• If located in a canyon, burn area or other location subject to flooding, mudflows and debris flow, stay alert and monitor the weather, particularly at night.
• Listen for crackling trees, boulders knocking together and other sounds that indicate that debris or mudflow is occurring.
• Watch for other signs of large mud and debris flows, including small mud and debris flows, sudden increases and decreases in water flow and changes in the clarity of the water in the stream or channel.
• Evacuate immediately, preferably to higher ground, if you hear these sounds or see these signs.
• Alert authorities to dangerous conditions.