Message from Councilmember Paul Koretz on Winter Weather Resources

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Dear Friends,

I wanted to give an update to our communities who live in the Bel Air area that was impacted by the previous brush fires. LAFD Operations West Bureau Deputy Chief Armando Hogan and my Chief Deputy of Public Safety have been coordinating since the weather service announced the impending rain several days ago. In my communications with the Deputy Chief, I was advised he was deploying additional brush patrols to maintain situational awareness and vigilance in the areas where we had previous brush fires. I concurred with the Deputy Chief and thanked him for the additional resources, as Public Safety continues to be my top priority. Patrols will be in the area, to watch for possible mud-land slides as a preventive measure. Although not anticipated, should there be a need for any evacuations, they will advise us immediately and we will advise you.

Here are some useful winter weather resources:

LAFD Sandbag Information:  lafd.org/news/lafd-provides-sandbags-homeowners-1

LA County Sandbag Informationdpw.lacounty.gov/dsg/sandbags

LA Stormwaterlastormwater.org/take-action/prepare-for-wet-weather

LA City Sanitationlacitysan.org/wetweather

LA County Winter Shelter Programlahsa.org

Snow Preparednessready.gov/winter-weather

EMD on Twitter:twitter.com/readyla

NotifyLA on Twitter:twitter.com/notifyla

LAFD on Twittertwitter.com/lafd

Homeless Winter Shelters extended until Saturday, March 31st   
In an effort to continue to engage and serve our community's most vulnerable, LAHSA, in conjunction with the City and County of Los Angeles, will be extending Winter Shelter Program through March 31st.  Winter Shelter serves as an integral component of our homeless services delivery system, and addresses the basic needs of persons experiencing homelessness during a  period of time in which Los Angeles experiences its most inclement weather. It is during this season that we are excited to continue to provide an opportunity to reach and serve those who may not typically access services. 

Additionally, due to  inclement weather predicted this week, the following winter shelters will remain open from 5:00 p.m.Thursday, March 1st through 7:00 a.m. Sunday, March 4th :

  • Bridge to Home-Santa Clarita
  • Bethel Los Angeles CDC-South LA
  • First to Serve-West LA Armory
  • First to Serve-South LA
  • Weingart Center Association-(Skid Row)
  • Salvation Army-Lancaster High Desert MACC
  • SSG Hopics (TAY Winter Shelter)-South LA
  • Volunteers of America-Pomona Armory
  • Valley Oasis-Lancaster Armory
  • U.S. Veterans Initiative-Long Beach 

To verify a Winter Shelter's hours of operation, please refer to the LAHSA Winter Shelter Flyer or call the Winter Shelter hotline directly at 1-800-548-6047

Sincerely,

Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fifth District