The week of May 5th through the 11th has been declared “Wildfire Preparedness Week” by Governor Gavin Newsom. California’s wet winter created a sizable crop of new grass growth, but don’t let the wet weather fool you as the abundant grass dries.
The City of Laguna Beach encourages our residents to help safeguard their homes by using fire-safe construction materials, and to look for points of entry where embers could intrude into the home during a fire. Home and property safety preparation should include creating defensible space by clearing vegetation at least 30 feet away from your home, and using fire resistant landscaping to help stop the spread of wildfire. Residents should also remove all dead or dying vegetation from your yard, roof and rain gutters.
Go to AlertOC.com to register or update your cell phone numbers, text numbers, and email addresses into the emergency notification system. You should also register for Laguna Beach’s Nixle Community Alert system. This system is different than AlertOC because it is used to communicate local traffic related information, community events, as well as urgent safety messages in the City. To sign up, simply text 92651 to 888-777.
You can now purchase a Laguna Beach specific Emergency Kit Backpack for $50 on the City’s website via https://bit.ly/2DlnFGyor in person at the Susi Q Community Center, 380 3rd Street during normal business hours.
To help protect customers and communities during extreme weather events, the electrical utility company may shut off power for public safety in an effort to prevent a wildfire. Under the direction of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric is helping to prepare residents for power outages during times of extreme weather or wildfires. For additional information on creating an emergency plan specific to Public Safety Power Shutoff visit www.prepareforpowerdown.com.
Sign up for a free Wildfire Consultation by the Laguna Beach Fire Department by visiting www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/fire or by calling (949) 497-0700.