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Jan 04

Emergency Preparedness and El Nino

Posted on January 4, 2016 at 11:57 a.m. by johnb johnb

With the much anticipated approach of a possibly historic El Nino condition in southern California, it is a good time to remind everyone about the importance of disaster preparedness. The City of Brea takes its responsibilities in this area very seriously, both as we prepare ourselves and our infrastructure, but also to provide our residents and business owners with guidance and assistance. 
For many years, the City has enjoyed the services of a full-time Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. Anna Lee Cave has been Brea’s coordinator for the past 32 years. During that lengthy period, Anna has not only experienced a number of disaster conditions, such as fires, flooding, earthquakes, and excessive heat conditions, but she has also become a leader in emergency preparedness and management throughout the State of California. Anna has served on many boards and committees, and has served multiple terms as president of the Orange County Emergency Management Organization.
Locally, Anna is known throughout Brea by many graduates of Brea’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, which trains residents in providing coordinated, emergency assistance to their neighborhoods when disaster strikes. She has also provided countless presentations on preparedness to civic organizations, business groups, and neighborhoods around Brea. You can follow Anna’s Ready Brea feed on Twitter at @BreaEM. 
For several months now, Anna and her colleagues in emergency preparedness have been focusing on readying their communities for the much anticipated El Nino storm conditions projected to hit California this winter. The City of Brea website (http://cityofbrea.net/index.aspx?NID=355) has much information about how to prepare for and handle the rain once it gets here. This includes information on sandbag procurement and placement, preparing your home for excessive rain, and hints on driving conditions during heavy rain. You will also learn how to track important information updates during rainy conditions with important websites and phone numbers. Additional information can be found at the Orange County El Nino website (http://www.ocelnino.com/).
I also want to take this opportunity to strongly encourage anyone who lives or works in Brea to sign up for emergency alerts from AlertOC. This mass notification system will contact you via phone, e-mail, or text message should an emergency threaten your Brea home or business. While Brea landline phones are automatically loaded into the system, you must register your cell phone or e-mail address if you wish to receive alerts in that form as well. This is the best way to receive emergency alerts from the City in an emergency or disaster. Please visit the AlertOC website (http://bos.ocgov.com/alertoc/alertoc.asp) for further information or to register.

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