The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the Orange County Coastal Zone effective Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. through Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10:00 p.m.
Sustained winds of 15-25 MPH with gusts of 30+ MPH are possible along with low humidity levels are creating this Red Flag Warning.
An elevated sense of awareness is imperative during extreme weather conditions.
The City of Laguna Beach is reminding residents that they should take this time to evaluate their preparedness levels.
During a Red Flag Warning, Laguna Beach parking restrictions are implemented for the Diamond/Crestview Neighborhood.
Any vehicles who are parked in marked parking spaces with a “red flag” painted in the center of the asphalt may be cited or towed in Laguna Beach.
Community Emergency Alert Sign Ups
In order to ensure you are contacted during a Red Flag Warning in Laguna Beach please register with the Nixle Red Flag group by texting “LBRedFlag” to 888-777.
Remember: When immediate evacuation is necessary, follow these steps as soon as possible to get ready to GO!
Review your Evacuation Plan Checklist.
Ensure your Emergency Supply Kit is in your vehicle.
Cover-up to protect against heat and flying embers.
Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, heavy shoes/boots, cap, dry bandanna for face cover, goggles or glasses. 100% cotton is preferable.
Locate your pets and take them with you.
Power outages may occur before and during the threat of a wildfire or heavy winds.
Learn how to manually open your automatic garage doors or gates—this is extremely important!
Be familiar with your home’s utility boxes (electricity, water and gas).
Keep shoes near your bed in case you need to evacuate during the night.
Build a supply kit —and more than just a First Aid Kit.
Include prescription medications and check the expiration dates.
Include water, a battery-operated radio, flashlights and batteries (or a rechargeable flashlight), coolers or ice chests, and external rechargeable battery packs for your cellphones and include an extra charging cable.
Also keep non-perishable food and a manual can-opener in your kit.
Always keep the gas tank at least half full in your vehicles.
If you have a power generator, be sure you know the safety guidelines of your model, including where to connect it, which electrical cords to use, and what the electrical load rating is.
An improperly installed generator can electrocute you or an electric utility worker.
Keep your cellphone charged.
Keep a supply of bottled water.
Make your safety preparedness plan now and make sure your family knows each step and role they will play during this time.
Don’t forget your pets!
Have an action plan ready for them, too, and know how they will be cared for.
During a Power Outage
If the power goes out, follow these steps:
Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed.
Shut off the gas and other combustibles such as propane tanks.
Stay at least 10 feet away from both overhead power lines and electrical facilities, and never approach or touch overhead power lines or any person or object in contact with the lines.
If wildfire is within your area, keep informed with a battery-powered radio or your cellphone.