As we mentioned yesterday, we’re continuing to monitor the severe weather in the western U.S. through our regional offices in Oakland, Seattle and Denver. Last night, Governor Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in six California counties due to extreme weather and storm conditions. By declaring a state of emergency, the Governor makes available state government resources, such as personnel, equipment and facilities, to support and assist disaster response operations.
Heavy rain is also hitting portions of Utah and Nevada, and we are in close coordination with the Utah and Nevada Departments of Public Safety.
There has been no request for federal assistance at this time, but our regional watch teams are in constant contact with our federal and state partners, along with the National Weather Service forecast offices.
With the powerful storm system forecasted to head east in the coming days, the NWS is calling for a wet holiday weekend for much of the country, whether snow or rain. Follow your latest forecast at weather.gov, or check it on the go at mobile.weather.gov. And make sure you’re prepared for potential flooding or extreme winter weather at Ready.gov.
The Transportation Security Administration blog has some great resources for holiday travelers. If you plan on taking to the skies to visit family/friends, be sure to check these out:
- One-page guide on helpful hints for holiday travelers (PDF)
- For a complete rundown of air travel tips, read What to Know Before You Go
Holiday Fire Safety
If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, we’ve had quite a few posts related to fire safety leading up to the holidays. This is the time of year when lighting a cozy fire and a few candles can bring in the holiday spirit unlike anything else. Unfortunately, those simple joys increase the risk of a home fire.
So whether you decorate your home for the holidays, plan to use lighted candles, or are fixing to cook an unforgettable holiday feast, keep these fire safety tips in mind from the United States Fire Administration (USFA). Also be sure to see the USFA’s collection of videos on fire safety.