Weekend Storm Highlights the Importance of Preparedness
City of Carlsbad crews worked through last weekend and into this week responding to reports of fallen trees and debris caused by rain and high winds. No injuries were reported following trees falling onto a parked car, three residential properties and a commercial building. Some downed trees caused temporary lane closures, but no roads were closed.
Some traffic signals in the city were affected by high winds that displaced equipment used to regulate traffic flow. Crews quickly responded to restore the signals to normal operations.
City safety officials urged members of the public to take this recent storm as a sign of what could be to come with the predicted El Niño weather pattern.
“This is just a preview of the damage storms like these can cause,” said City of Carlsbad Emergency Preparedness Manager David Harrison. “The city has taken steps to make sure our community is ready for this year’s El Niño. We encourage the entire community to remain prepared and vigilant through this year’s storm season, so we all stay safe.”
A free guide to help the community prepare is now available at city libraries, community centers, fire stations and other city buildings. It’s also available on the city’s El Niño Web page, along with other tips and resources.
The city recommends taking the following steps to prepare for the next storm:
Trim trees and eliminate branches that could threaten property and safety. Hire an arborist to evaluate trees that could fall and cause damage or harm.
Make an emergency supply kit with flashlights, batteries, water and other essentials in case of a prolonged power outage. Keep an extra kit in your car.
Stock up on sandbags and plastic sheeting from your local home improvement store. These supplies run out quickly during a storm, so buy them in advance.
Clear debris from all roof drains, gutters, downspouts and yard drains around your home or business.
Know your risk for floods and other storm-related hazards. Review the Carlsbad flood map or check the FEMA flood area map to see if your home or business is located in a vulnerable area.
Visit Ready San Diego to register your mobile phone and email for emergency alerts and download the San Diego County Emergency App.
For more information, visit the city’s El Niño Web page.