Oct 8 2019

ALERT: Piedmont Under Red Flag Warning with Extreme Fire Danger

As of October 8, 2019, the entire City of Piedmont is under a RED FLAG WARNING along with a large portion of the state.

CalFire has implemented a burn ban for our area.

Piedmont Police and Fire Departments will be patrolling the community enforcing the burn ban and to ensure roads are kept clear during this event. Please park your vehicles in your driveway to keep the roads clear.

[Those who park their vehicles in a garage with an electrified garage door may not be able to open their garage door if the power is off. Suggestions have been made to either leave the garage door open or park vehicles outside of the garage to allow full use of the vehicles.]

October 8th is the anniversary of the Tubbs Fire in 2017 which decimated Napa, Sonoma, and Lake Counties, inflicting the greatest damage on the City of Santa Rosa. It was the most destructive wildfire in California’s history, until the Camp Fire. We face similar fire conditions in the next few days here in Piedmont; strong winds will combine with warm, dry air blowing from the north.

Please remain vigilant for these hazards:

  1. If you see smoke or fire LEAVE THE AREA and call 911. DO NOT wait to be evacuated. Keep some basic supplies in your vehicle, so you can leave immediately if you feel threatened.
  2. PG&E has announced a preemptive Public Safety Power Shutoff due to the wind. Piedmont has several areas within the affected zones. You should be prepared for extended power disruption, up to 5 days. Visit PGE.com for details on affected neighborhoods or call 866-743-6589.
  3. The wind will be a major safety hazard causing damage to trees and utility infrastructure. There will likely be additional unplanned power disruptions. We are asking all Piedmont residents to be aware of your surroundings while driving or walking in our town. You should look for leaning or broken trees or power poles and avoid the area. Traffic signals could also be impacted and drivers need to treat these intersections as a four-way stop if the traffic signal is out.

The Piedmont Fire, Police, and Public Works Departments have additional emergency personnel on duty and will be in a heightened state of readiness during this event. The wind is expected to subside late on Thursday, October 10th. Power disruptions could be protracted depending on the degree of damage to PG&E utilities.

Please visit our City of Piedmont website for more information. Keep in mind when the power is disrupted your internet may not work….so DON’T WAIT. This is also a great time to update your family’s disaster preparedness. Please look at this list for guidance.

Piedmont’s Emergency Preparedness Booklet > PCA 1019 get-ready-piedmont

—-   Emergency Supply Kit  —-

To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)

Additional Emergency Supplies

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lense solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

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