East End Neighbors–
The current rain storm is expected to continue through Thursday. Parts of the the East End and the greater Ojai Valley could be subject to flooding and mudslides. This afternoon East End residents received notice via VCAlert of a Voluntary Evacuation Order from Ventura County.
If you haven’t already done so, we strongly urge you to go to Ventura County’s emergency preparedness website, readyventuracounty.org, and sign up for VC Alert by email, phone and text alerts so you will be notified by the County in the event of further evacuation orders and updates and can take immediate action if necessary.
Here are some additional links to help you be better informed and prepared:
- vcemergency.com: To track the status of any evacuation updates in the Ojai Valley
- forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=CAZ044&warncounty=CAC111&firewxzone=CAZ244&local_place1=Ojai%20CA&product1=Hydrologic+Outlook&lat=34.4493&lon=-119.2436 : This is the National Weather Service forecast for the storm.
- msc.fema.gov/portal/search : This FEMA site allows you to enter your address and determine whether your property is in a FEMA high risk flood zone.
- http://esrimedia.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=6a1e85d756f7403eb2c350d80ff405e9 : This map indicates areas in the East End and Ojai Valley more at risk for mudslides and debris flow.
- vcfd.org/images/ready-set-go/RSG_Flood-Preparation_web.pdf : This handbook offers a comprehensive guide for preparing your household for floods.
- ready.gov/build-a-kit : This is a helpful checklist for assembling an emergency kit to maintain in the event of a natural disaster.
Take the opportunity to be in touch with your East End friends and neighbors and encourage them to be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
Feel free to direct and thoughts or questions to George Gaines at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-962-8922.