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Seasonal Concern: Flooding

Becoming CERT-ified

Bonus Material

Let Us Know

Seasonal Concern: Flooding

FloodingWith the recent heavy rainfall in mind, here is some information from Santa Barbara County that you may be interested in with regards to flooding:

Flooding in urban areas can be caused by heavy rainfall, flash floods, coastal flooding/storm surge, and overflowing rivers and streams. Urban flooding is specific in the fact that the cause is a lack of drainage. Water may even enter the sewage system in one place and then get deposited elsewhere in the city onto the streets. Sometimes you even see overflowing drains and covers. But it is not generally dangerous as the water rises relatively slowly and the water level usually does not reach life endangering heights.

Flash flooding, however, can be much more perilous. These sudden local floods are usually due to periods of heavy rain and can inundate streams, streets, and low-lying areas in seconds, making them extremely dangerous. Rainfall intensity and duration, topography, soil conditions, and ground cover contribute to flash flooding. As such, the National Weather Service has devised a public warning system related to flash floods. These include:

  • Flash flood watch - issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding in flood-prone areas - usually when grounds are already saturated from recent rains or when upcoming rains will have the potential to cause a flash flood. These watches are also occasionally issued when a dam may break in the near future.
  • Flash flood warning - issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring in the warned areas.

Ways to prepare for the event of a flood include developing a communication plan with your loved ones and participating in a CERT training. For more information from Santa Barbara County with regards to flooding and storm preparation, click here.

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Becoming CERT-ified

CERT logoInterested in learning more about how you can be of service during emergencies in your local community? Well here's a great opportunity! The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in tthe classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department holds CERT classes several times a year throughout the area it serves. For more information, please click here!

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Bonus Material

Thank you to one of our Westmont friends who shared this video with us! Created by the CIty of Santa Barbara, it explains how you can stay up to date on local news and events from different City departments, including alerts from the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management.

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Let Us Know!

What do you want read in We*Ready emails? Are there other emergency related topics that you've been curious that we haven't addressed? Let us know by emailing us at riskasst@westmont.edu, or calling at x6201.

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