Dear friends,

Due to the heavy rains which will be impacting Los Angeles overnight, the Los Angeles Fire Department has decided to request a voluntary evacuation for some homes in the Bel Air area. This is out of an abundance of caution, since these are the first rains since the Skirball - Bel Air Fire and concerns regarding landslides exist. 

The LAFD has met with the LAPD in order to coordinate police officers to knock on doors and advise the owners of the homes which are within the voluntary evacuation zone.  The LAFD strongly encourages those whose homes are in a region of concern, to please consider evacuating. 

If you have not received a knock at your door by an LAPD officer and are still concerned you may be within the voluntary evacuation zone, please call LAFD's Incident Commander Armando Hogan (213) 999-2180. When the Incident Commander picks up, please provide your address and they will advise whether your home is on the voluntary evacuation list.  Please know that public safety is our first priority and thank you for your continued cooperation in keeping everyone safe.

No matter where in Los Angeles you call home, please be sure to register with NotifyLA to receive emergency alerts specific to your geographic area via text, voice, or email message.  Click here to sign up now.  You can also follow @NotifyLA on Twitter for alerts.

Here are some additional winter weather tips and resources:

  • Know your flood risk. Flood insurance is not included in most homeowners or rental insurance policies. Get insurance now to make sure you’re covered before the storm.
  • Look around your home for hazards that might create problems during rainstorms. Are trees overgrown and hanging onto your roof? Are your gutters cleared? Do you live on a hillside that could erode? Address these issues now, before the rainy season arrives. Have tools, tarps, and sandbags ready. 
  • Secure loose items in your yard that might block storm drains and cause flooding on your street, including toys, tools, and yard décor. Call 3-1-1 or use the My311 mobile app to notify the City of debris that needs to be cleared.
  • Prepare your vehicle for wet winter weather. Ensure tires, brakes, and windshield wipers are in proper working condition. Review vehicle insurance policies to ensure that flood and water damage are included. Keep an emergency kit in your car, too! 
  • Consider installing rain-capture devices such as cisterns, rain barrels, and rain gardens. When you know a storm is coming, turn off your sprinklers! Save money and water, let the rain do all the work.
  • Listen to forecasts and advisories from local officials. Before a storm, you may be asked to move trash cans off the street or avoid certain areas at risk for flooding or mudslides.
  • LAFD Sandbag Information:
  • LA County Sandbag
  • LA
  • LA City
  • LA County Winter Shelter
  • Snow
  • LAFD on Twitter:
  • EMD on Twitter:


Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District


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Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz
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Los Angeles, CA 90012
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