As San Fernando Valley sees hotter days, officials explain how to get alerts and save pets if wildfire hits – Daily News

As the drought worsens and the region experiences prolonged wildfires, officials warned that it is important to prepare for wildfires, especially in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas of Silmar, Agora Hills, Thousand Oaks and Calabassas. Houses and settlements in recent years.

Massive wildfires have erupted in the San Fernando Valley in recent years. A.D. In 2008, Silmar Fire, also known as Cyre Fire, burned down 489 homes. A.D. The 2018 Wall Street fire destroyed 1,600 homes and buildings, killing three people and displacing thousands in the Simmy Valley. It burned between the Konjo Valley and the Agora Hills and ran through the Santa Monica Mountains to Malibu.

The Los Angeles Fire Department will alert tens of thousands of people with cell phones and walk-in alarms if their home is on fire or if their community is on fire or evacuated. Directly to damaged homes.

But you need to set up a LAFD fire alarm system to be one of the most up-to-date digital alarms in your home.

One way to prepare for an emergency is to set up a LAFD fire protection system at, officials say.

LAFD officials say it only takes five steps and a few minutes to register. Residents only need to go to and click the “Sign Up for Alerts” button in the upper right corner. Then create an account by adding your first name, last name and email address and want to receive city-wide alerts or just select San Fernando Valley alerts. Then click the “Finish” button and start receiving LAFD notifications when necessary.

LAFD Captain Eric Scott said the fire department is working with the Los Angeles City Emergency Management Department in the event of a wildfire.

Scott says: “We can look at the raw map and say, ‘Where is the fire, where is it going?’ “We will make a box on that map and send that warning to everyone in the box where it is safe.”

The next step in better preparation for wildfires is for residents to follow the “Six Ps” in the event of rapid displacement, Scott said. The six dead-

  • People and pets
  • Papers, phone numbers and necessary documents
  • Prescriptions, vitamins and eyeglasses
  • Pictures and irreplaceable notes
  • Personal computer or laptop
  • Plastic such as credit cards, ATM cards and cash
The Los Angeles Fire Department, Captain Eric Scott, shows the registration page on his cell phone to receive LAFD alerts on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.  (Photo by Dean Musgrov, Los Angeles Daily News / SCNG)
The Los Angeles Fire Department, Captain Eric Scott, shows the registration page on his cell phone to receive LAFD alerts on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (Photo by Dean Musgrov, Los Angeles Daily News / SCNG)

Residents can sign up for Notify LA to create an account and receive notifications by phone or text message.

There are alerts that do not require registration for people who do not want to share their cell phone number or email.

The federal government allows the city of Los Angeles and the county to use two federal systems in an emergency. These systems do not need to be registered or registered.

Wireless emergency alerts, or WEA, send evacuation orders and other important messages to mobile phones in their current location. Another system, called the Emergency Alert System (EAS), sends alarms that interrupt local radio broadcasts and television in the event of a major emergency.

“Whether you sign up for alerts or not, you’ll get wireless emergency alerts,” Scott said. “Federal (alarm) systems do not need to register or register.”

In the case of pets, he said, people often had to leave, so he put them in their car and took care of them. Larger animals, such as horses and cows, are more complex.

He said there are often places reserved for large animals. Large animal shelters are often set up near the fire to make it easier for those residents to bring animals.

“Keep an eye on the alarms coming from the Los Angeles City Fire Department and we will determine when and where a large animal shelter will be set up,” he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the creation of an emergency kit for pets: at least two weeks for each pet carrier, food and water, trash and garbage, sturdy straps or straps – and a microchip number. Find out more about practicing leaving your pet here.

When it comes to shelter, Scott said, their location will depend on the geographical area at risk.

“We want it nearby so it’s okay if people go there but as long as it’s very close it will be a threat,” he said.

In late May, two brush fires broke out on Granada Hills and Porter Ranch 118 Freeway. The LAFD said more than 70 firefighters were called in to contain the blaze. And over the weekend, a fire broke out in an empty warehouse in Woodland Hills, and about 80 firefighters were on hand to put out the blaze. The fire was enough To be seen from spaceAccording to the National Weather Service Los Angeles.

Scott is not bright this year.

Drought is worsening due to below normal rainfall since January. Temperatures may be above normal until July,

He said the heat not only exacerbates the threat of wildfires, but also poses a threat to people, especially the elderly and children.

To counteract the heat, Scott recommends drinking plenty of water, avoiding extreme heat, examining others – especially the elderly and children, and not leaving children or animals in the car.

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