Mayor Garcetti: We are preparing for a very bad El Nino

Mayor Eric Garcetti says the City of Los Angeles isn't taking chances. It remembers all of the death and destruction from the El Niño of 1997-98 and wants to be prepared. That said, Garcetti told reporters two companies have been hired to be at the ready if help is needed after storms hit. LA has also worked out deals with the four major mobile communications providers for a disaster communications plan before a disaster occurs.

The City of LA is promoting El Niño preparedness by saying "have a kit, make a plan and stay informed." Those words from Jim Featherstone, the General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management,  are meant to simplify the thought process because there really can be much to think about. 

The City has a notification system it uses in a time of crisis called NOTIFY LA. Residents are urged to sign up. They are also encouraged to look at LA's new El Niño website called ElNiñ

Finally, Featherstone adds be prepared at home, at work or school and in transit.

Meanwhile, LA City Councilman Paul Koretz added a dozen tips he hopes will be helpful. Some we've heard before.


  1. Be sure that your house is ready for the rain.
  2. Make sure leaks are fixed.
  3. Be sure gutters are cleaned out.
  4. Make sure car is in good shape including tires.
  5. Put your important documents on the cloud. Email them to yourself if nothing else.
  6. Have an emergency kit or backpack prepared at home and in the car with water bottles. Be sure to include any medicines you may need. 
  7. Sit down with your family and make a plan so everyone knows what to do at different times during the day. 
  8. Have an out of state emergency contact so family members and friends can get word to each other even if communications are snarled.
  9. If you see downed power lines stay away from them.
  10. If you’re in your car don’t get out.
  11. Don’t drive into an even modest pool of water. Even a little could carry your car away.
  12. Be sure trash cans aren’t out during a severe rain event so they don’t fall over and block storm drains.
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