Archive for October, 2009

10/13 11:11pm: Current Conditions

Stan Russell is posting updates on conditions in Big Sur through this first storm of the season. Check it and bookmark it here:


Also, Kate Novoa on her blog:



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10/12/09: Before the Storm Preparation List

Before the Storm

With upcoming storms on the way, it is time to take stock and make sure we have things in place. Here is a little reminder list of things to get ready before any storm.

For further planning lists which include items needed for longer periods of time, please see the Disaster Checklist and the Shelter in Place Checklist.

(If you are a homeowner with renters, I suggest giving this list to your renters so that they may be informed and self-sufficient.)

Know alternate routes in case roads go out.

Check in with family and neighbors- make sure you all know your disaster plan, including:
1.Where to meet if your road becomes inaccessible.
2. What out of town number to call if local phone lines are down or tied up. (At times of disaster, the local phone lines are often tied up, but out of town numbers are reachable.)
3. What items you will take/things you will do if you are evacuated. See our Evacuation Checklist.

Bring in/cover all wood.

Clear out culverts.

Wind and rainproof your home- take down all umbrellas, check for items that might fall in big gusts, shut all windows, etc.

Fill all gas tanks.

Take out your phone that does not require power.

Check on battery powered items such as flashlights and radios.

Make candles and lighters easily accessible.

Make sure you have extra water, food, baby items, and prescription medications. In the event of a debris flow, those with spring water may find that water quality is compromised.

Check on generators.

Stock up on pet supplies including food and litter.

Know where your first aid kit is.

Prepare comfort and entertainment items that do not require power.

Make sure you have survival items in your car. See our Keep in Your Car Checklist.

Stay safe and enjoy this part of Big Sur life!

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The National Weather Service is predicting that extremely high levels of rainfall will occur starting Monday night (see official forecast).  This includes high winds and as much as 8-10 inches of rain.  If this weather occurs as predicted there is a high probability that flooding, debris flows, and power outages will also occur throughout the county.

Please be alert to National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories.  Be prepared to take actions necessary to protect yourself and your property.

This information should be disseminated to all levels of community and response organizations.

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