The Los Angeles county Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is providing resources to aide workers and agencies involved in the cleanup and recovery efforts from the recent mudslides that devastated the Montecito Santa Barbara county.
The aid began Tuesday, Jan. 16, and was scheduled to continue through Jan. 22.
LASD also serves as a Regional Mutual Aid Area Coordinator, and will help with the deployment of law enforcement personnel from various Southern California agencies tasked with traffic and looter control in the Montecito area.
“We are proud to serve with these agencies as we assist the residents of Santa Barbara County to move forward and restore their community,” LASD officials said in a statement. “We also are saddened and extend our condolences to the families who lost loved ones and experienced property loss in these horrific mudslides. The LASD as well as partnering agencies always stand ready to render services during times of need.”
Thousands of were evacuated, homes were damaged or destroyed and roads were obstructed after tons of earth first ravaged by the Thomas Fire in December, then soaked by heavy rains last week, came crashing down hillsides in the form of mud and/or dirt.
The state Office of Emergency Services on Monday, Jan. 15, announced that residents of the Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties who sustained damage or losses from the recent wildfires and flooding, mudflows, and debris flows directly related to the December 2017 wildfires, can register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
This amendment to the presidential disaster declaration of Jan. 2, made at the request of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., now makes said federal assistance available.
LASD officials also provided some tips on preparing for future storms:
— Prepare a “Go Bag” that includes a flashlight batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food, blankets, warm clothing, first aid kit, cash, important documents and other items you might need for at least three days;
— Provide for the needs of pets;
— Be able to monitor local news and weather stations for updates;
— Pay attention to alerts and warnings from authorities;
— Stay home if you really don’t need to be outside;
— Use extreme caution if and when you are using local roads, and slow down for debris in the streets;
— Treat all non-working traffic signal lights at intersections as stop signs, and;
— Stay away from downed power lines and report them to local authorities.
For more information about emergency preparedness, visit: http//www.caloes.ca.gov or http://dpwCARE.org.
For more information regarding FEMA disaster assistance or to apply online, visit
DisasterAssistance.gov, or calling (800) 621-3362 of (TTY) (800) 462-7585. The toll free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.