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Watch Your Mailbox: Lamorinda Resident’s Guide To Wildfire Preparedness Arrives Beginning May 20

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Beginning the week of May 20, 2019, every household in Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda and Canyon will be mailed the Lamorinda Resident’s Guide to Wildfire Preparedness & Evacuation.  

The Guide contains essentials for residents regarding wildfire preparedness and evacuation. The Guide includes important information that residents would receive in an emergency preparedness presentation from Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), and fire and police departments. 

The information in this Guide is designed to help Lamorinda residents prepare their family, home, and neighborhood for the approaching wildland fire season. The more prepared all of us are as a community, the better we can respond when conditions exist for a possible catastrophic fire in our area. Lamorinda’s fire and law enforcement agencies are committed to keeping the community safe. Residents can help by preparing now for the fire season ahead.

It is important to emphasize the need for every citizen to register with the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff’s Emergency Services Community Warning System (CWS) to ensure all residents receives notifications during disasters. Emergency Services have many ways to communicate in a disaster, but CWS, which is generally used only for life-threatening incidents, will be the primary method for emergency notifications during wildfires and other disasters. All community members are urged to register with CWS if they have not done so. To register for phone alerts, text messages, and emails go to http://cococws.com/.

The Lamorinda Resident’s Guide to Wildfire Preparedness & Evacuation is a joint effort by the City of Lafayette’s Emergency Preparedness Commission and Lafayette Police Department, with support from the Orinda Police Department, Moraga Police Department, the Moraga-Orinda Fire Department, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, and Lamorinda CERT. The Guide will also be available on each agency’s website.

For more information about the Guide and wildfire preparedness and evacuation, please contact the City of Lafayette’s Communications Analyst, Jeff Heyman, at (925) 299-3241 or jheyman@ci.lafayette.ca.us.

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