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El Niño Preparedness Update


Last updated 1/13/2016 at 7:41am

Representatives from the city and county held a press conference on Mon, Jan 11, to discuss El Niño preparedness and response. San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said that her department received 1,300 more calls over Tuesday and Wednesday than usual. San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore noted that 6-inches of standing water is enough to sweep away small cars and pedestrians.

An SDG&E spokesperson mentioned the utility conducted facility inspections in preparation for a wet winter, and provided their crews up-to-date weather forecasts from their in-house meteorologist. SDG&E announced that they also purchased 10,000 emergency preparedness kits for at-risk residents, and donated $70,000 for the purchase of three emergency generators to be used at county disaster shelters.

El Niño updates are available from the county’s mass emergency system by registering your mobile phone number at If your home or property is damaged, you can submit a damage survey at and help local officials file for disaster assistance.

Comprehensive information on how you can prepare for El Niño, including where to find the nearest sandbags, can be found on the website, or by calling 211.

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