El Niño is on its way 
After much anticipation El Niño is on its way bringing the first storm of the year. A week of rain is forecasted to begin Tuesday, January 5, which is expected to be the strongest El Niño since the 1950's. In case you missed past town hall meetings, previous newsletters and preparation workshops, we have put together some tips and resources that should bring you some ease during this wet season. In addition, The City of Los Angeles has worked tirelessly in preparation for the season and the following links are a compilation of websites that offer sign ups for alert messages, emergency kit lists, pet care tips, homeless shelter maps, sand bag giveaways and many other helpful resources.

Click on the following links to view useful information and tips:
- http://www.elninola.com/
- http://www.lacounty.gov/elnino

Here are some tips at a glance to prepare for upcoming storms:

1. Create an Emergency Kit- prepare an emergency kit for home, work and your car. Include enough food, water, medications and anything used daily to last for 72 hours. Keep water, non-perishable food, blankets and an extra set of warm clothes in the car.

2. Check your house- Clear drains and gutters of any leaves, dirt or debris. Cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during the storm. If it looks like debris will prevent water from flowing into the storm drain in your neighborhood, please call LA Sanitation Customer Care Center at (877) 773-2489, which will be open 24/7 to receive emergency issue calls.

3. Pick up sandbags at local fire stations- Sandbags can be used to protect your home or property from flooding as well as improving traction. You can visit any neighborhood LAFD fire station to pick up sandbags. Here are the LAFD fire stations within or surrounding our district, click here to search one near to you:

Fire Station 19
12229 West Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049-4013
(310) 575-8519

Fire Station 37
1090 Veteran Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024-2704
(310) 575-8537

Fire Station 43
3690 Motor Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034-5702
(310) 840-2143

Fire Station 58
1556 South Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035-4232
(213) 485-6258

Fire Station 59
11505 West Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064-1508
(310) 575-8559

Fire Station 61
5821 West 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036-2829
(213) 485-6261

Fire Station 71
107 South Beverly Glen Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024-2613
(310) 575-8571

Fire Station 83
4960 Balboa Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316-3402
(818) 380-1055

Fire Station 88
5101 Sepulveda Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403-1530
(818) 756-8688

Fire Station 92
10556 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064-2320
(310) 840-2192

Fire Station 99
14145 Mulholland Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90210-1054
(818) 756-8699

Fire Station 102
13200 Burbank Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91401-6038
(818) 756-8602

Fire Station 108
12520 Mulholland Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90210-1333
(818) 756-8608

4. Keep pets/companion animals inside- Please remember to keep our animal friends inside and make sure to include pet food, water, leashes, medications in your emergency kit. As well as having your pets up to date on their vaccinations and micro-chipped can ensure that they can be recovered if at any point are separated from you. Please click here if you would like more information on licensing, vaccinations, and micro-chips.

Councilmember Koretz and The City of Los Angeles thank you for taking part in preparing for El Niño.

This message was sent to  by:

Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Koretz
200 N. Spring Street, Rm. 440
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-7005