Bernardino County Agencies
Bernardino County agencies are preparing for El Niño, are you? The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors heard a
special presentation recently from County staff about what is being done
throughout the county to prepare for potentially destructive weather event.
“The County is doing
everything possible to be prepared for heavy rains,” said
Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos. “Protecting the public is our highest
priority. But we are urging the public to do everything they can to protect
themselves, their families and their homes. Surviving El Niño will be a team
The San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services is
working in conjunction with the San
Bernardino County Department
of Public Works, the San
Bernardino County Sheriff
Bernardino County Fire, and Special Districts – along with local,
regional and state partners – to make sure all safety issues throughout the county
are being addressed. Risks of flooding and mudslides are higher in areas that
have recently experienced wildfires.
Flood control channels and
culvert crossings are being cleared in anticipation of heavy rains and advance
teams are advising homeless encampments to relocate. More than 200,000
sandbags are being stockpiled and inmate hand crews have been trained in
sandbagging, flood fight techniques and debris removal.
Ready-UP for El Niño
Additional weather stations
were added throughout the county and the real-time rain gauge alert system is
being updated. San Bernardino County
Fire and Sheriff Deputies are training and practicing procedures for swift
Public outreach meetings have been held in Lake Arrowhead,
Yucaipa, Victorville, Yucca Valley, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland to update
residents on the latest El Niño forecast and what County departments are doing
to prepare. Residents have been offered flood preparation materials, also.
> To find
your closest Sandbag Location and information
on storm preparation, check SB County Fire website at www.sbcfire.org.
the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov to
see current and upcoming weather events.
> National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - El Niño
Portal has regular El Niño forecast updates, www.elnino.noaa.gov.