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MP Workshop to Help Residents Prepare for El Niño

posted Dec 11, 2015, 11:22 AM by MPFPD Community Emergency Response Team

The City of Menlo Park is sponsoring a workshop for all area residents to talk about flood preparedness. People with property along flood-prone areas are strongly urged to attend:

Date: December 17, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: City Council Chambers

Address: 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025

Contact: 650-330-6617

Email: Chip Taylor

Links: http://www.menlopark.org/1025/Storms-and-Flooding and our CERT Flood Page


The United States experiences extreme and dangerous weather, and this winter, parts of the U.S. face a particularly severe threat. Forecasts are showing a soon-to-peak El Niño that could deliver drenching conditions to California and throughout the South. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has developed fact sheets on El Niño available at NOAA El Niño Impacts by region and the Winter Outlook is available at NOAA El Niño Winter Outlook. These predicted conditions come with an enhanced flood threat and an increase in tornado activity through the spring.

For the next several months, many areas in the United States are at an increased flood risk from El Niño as a direct result of drought and wildfires. Disasters don’t always occur when families are together in one place. Now is the time to put together a family communication plan and talk with your family about ways to contact each other during an emergency, and designate a safe meeting spot. You can also plan ahead by knowing official evacuation routes, and keeping important papers in a safe, waterproof place. Additional tips and resources on how to stay safe and prepare are available at www.ready.gov.

More information is available about El Niño at www.fema.gov/el-Niño. The tab labeled Additional Resources include links to resources from various federal agencies including NOAA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of the Interior, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Here are some key federal agency links:



 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)