Update 11:30 a.m.: City continues monitoring storm situation
City of South Lake Tahoe Emergency Operations Staff along with El Dorado County Office of Emergency Operations Staff (via conference call) and representatives from Barton Memorial Hospital and the American Red Cross held a briefing at 9 a.m. this morning to discuss weather preparedness measures. At this time, all agencies are closely monitoring the adverse weather.
As of 11:11 a.m., the National Weather Service reports 34 degrees, light snow/rain with SSW winds at 19 mph gusting to 29 mph. City and County officials have determined that the next 4 to 5 hours will be an indicator of whether there will be the need for the City’s Director of Emergency Services/City Manager to activate the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
Caltrans has reported that all roads in the area are open, including Echo Summit which is on an R2 status: 4 wheel drive, snow tires. State, County and City road crews are fully and additionally staffed.
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department, 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd., is prepared to open as an emergency shelter in the case an official emergency is proclaimed by the City Director of Emergency Services/City Manager. Red Cross has also pre-positioned a disaster shelter trailer at the Recreation Center for additional overflow if needed.
Barton Memorial Hospital reports there are currently 38 patients admitted (out of their 75 patient capacity) and yesterday had received a full shipment of medical supplies.
residents should be prepared for short and possible long term, power outages and extremely hazardous travel conditions. Please be very safety conscious, keeping away from any downed electrical lines and anticipating road hazards, such as blowing debris and possible localized flooding. We recommend you have 1.5 gallons of water, per person, per day, for at least three days. Secure pets and livestock. Maintain full tanks of fuel in your vehicle. Do not use outdoor heating sources, such as barbeques for indoor use. Other suggested supplies include:
” Non perishable canned goods and a manual can opener
” Battery powered radio and extra batteries
” Cell phone
” First Aid Kit
” Winter weather clothing
” Cash as ATM’s will not work if power is out.
This has been a public service announcement from the City of South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County Office of Emergency Services.
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