El Dorado County Prepares for Cold Weather
The El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services and the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency-Public Health Department began preparations on Monday (12/02/13) for the upcoming weather event.
The following are triggers and indicators that are used for the potential declaration of a cold/freeze emergency and/or the opening of overnight warming facilities in El Dorado County: Official declarations of emergency in El Dorado County are coordinated through County Office of Emergency Services and the Board of Supervisors.
- Ambient temperatures significantly lower than 32°F for an extended period of time overnight (for example 2-5 days) AND with temperatures remaining low during the day (≤ 32°F all day).
- Declaration or mandate issued by State Governor or State Health Officer for the region.
- National Weather Service warning made through State Office of Emergency Services.
- Power company outages and warnings of possible black/brown outs.
The following preparations have been made thus far by the El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services and the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency-Public Health Department :
- A press release was issued on Monday, December 2, regarding upcoming weather conditions.
- Potential sites for shelters have been identified and include: Two facilities have been contacted and are available throughout the weekend. Both have generators that can be hooked up to the buildings. Generators have been tested and fueled. There are different locations available throughout the County, they will be opened based on need and location of the incident.
- County Libraries have been contacted. At this time, they are scheduled to be open on Saturday.
- DOT has been contacted to insure facilities and equipment are available in the event of snow at low elevations.
- Community Emergency Response Team volunteers and Search and Rescue volunteers have been put on standby, if needed to respond.
- Contacted Marshall Hospital to identify the notification process for Emergency Room Traffic throughout the weekend.
- Contacted the Red Cross regarding partnering in the event shelters are opened.
- Sheriff’s dispatch is aware of rotating homeless shelters should homeless individuals need to be directed there.
- Health and Human Services Agency staff has been assessed for availability to staff shelters.
- Health and Human Services Agency staff is in the process of contacting vulnerable populations and they will continue their efforts through the weekend.
El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services and El Dorado County Human Services Agency-Public Health Department will continue to monitor the situation through the California Office of Emergency Services and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-National Weather Service.