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Red Flag Warnings

What is a Red Flag Warning? red flag

A Red Flag Warning is issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) when humidity is very low, temperatures elevated, and strong winds are present. This warning is intended to heighten public awareness about elevated conditions that may ignite a fire.

What happens when a Red Flag Warning is issued?

  • The NWS advises public safety officials, public agencies, utilities and the local media that a Red Flag Warning has been issued.
  • Burn permits are cancelled, and all burning is banned countywide.
  • The Ventura County Fire Department increases patrols and personnel in high fire hazard areas throughout the County.
  • The Public Works Department, Park District, School District and Law Enforcement are notified who may initiate additional protection measures.
  • Southern California Edison (SCE) reviews local conditions and the potential fire threat ahead of issuing an alert for an SCE Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS) event. To learn more, visit PSPS Events.
  • Under extreme heat and/or wind conditions public events may be closed and fire closures issued on public property.
  • Remember A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS TO BE PREPARED, NOT TO PANIC.

 

What should I do if a Red Flag Warning is issued?

  • Review your Family Emergency Response Plan with your household. Refer to the Ready, Set, Go website for details and review contingency plans for power outages at your home or work as a result of a PSPS event.
  • Identify two evacuation routes in your neighborhood and make sure all family members are aware of them.
  • Confirm you have an out of state emergency contact in case local phone service is interrupted.
  • Make sure your Family Emergency Go Bag is up to date and ready in case you need to evacuate. Be prepared for a power outage. To learn more, please visit Family Emergency Tips.
  • Register yourself and family on VC Alert, so that you are notified of a local emergency. Stay informed through local media outlets, social media and VCemergency.com. Please do not call 911.
  • If you have an automatic garage door, consider parking your vehicles on the driveway.
  • Be sure to have at least ½ a tank of fuel in your vehicles as gas stations may be closed since most do not have back-up generators.
  • Have cash in hand and be sure to purchase essential items in advance of a scheduled PSPS event. Confirm you have a battery-powered radio.
  • Residents reliant on Oxygen should make sure they have a back-up cylinder.
  • Stop any activities that have the potential to start a fire (camp fires, mowing, chain-sawing).
  • Comfort pets and their supplies so that you can quickly load them into your vehicle in if you need to evacuate.
  • Make sure your vehicle is fueled and have your driver’s license for proof of residence available for possible road closures.
  • Move vehicles parked on narrow roads off the street to improve access and use of public safety vehicles and to facilitate a possible evacuation.
  • Park in your driveway facing out to keep roads accessible to emergency equipment.
  • Communicate with your neighbors to make sure they are aware of the Red Flag Alert Warning and the increased fire threat.
  • Be aware of suspicious vehicles or people. Write down information, but please do not call 911.

 

SCE Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) & Cooling Centers

Preparing for a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)

Local power utilities (Southern California Edison/PG&E) recently developed plans to shut down power during critical fire weather in order to reduce the risk of wildfires. The Public Safety Power Shutoff Program (PSPS) could lead to multi-day power outages in many areas during periods of extremely hot, dry and/or windy weather.

A PSPS outage will last as long as the potentially dangerous weather conditions exist, plus the amount of time it takes for power company workers to inspect and repair their equipment in the affected area(s). Residents need to be prepared to endure a power outage lasting 3-5 days.

Actual frequency of PSPS events will depend on various weather and environmental factors, and the decision will be made with the most accurate assessment of real-time information and available situational awareness data available.


What does this mean for Ventura County residents?

Power outages impact the whole community and can make it difficult for people to meet their basic needs, as well as:

  • Disrupt communications, water, air conditioning and transportation
  • Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks and other services
  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination
  • Prevent the use of medical devices such as oxygen concentrators and other devices
  • Prevent the use of elevators, garage doors, electric gates and doors, etc.

What can residents do to be prepared?

  • Plan for any medical needs, like medications neeing to be refrigerated or battery dependent assistive technology and medical devices.
  • Build a Ready, Set, Go! emergency supply kit, including food, water, flashlights, a radio, fresh batteries, first aid supplies and cash.
  • Register with Southern California Edison and PG&E to receive alerts. Login with SCE.com User ID.
  • Sign up for Ventura County emergency alerts at VCAlert.org or register for cell phone notifications by texting “VCALERT” to 313131.
  • Identify backup charging methods for phones, such as USB power banks.
  • Learn how to manually open your garage door.
  • If you own a backup generator, ensure it’s safe to operate.
  • For additional PSPS resources, check out this fact sheet from prepareforpowerdown.com.

For more PSPS information, contact your local power company:

SCE
Southern California Edison (SCE)

Visit sce.com/PSPS | Phone: 1-800-655-4555
PGE
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

Visit pge.com/wildfiresafety | Phone: 1-866-743-6589

Additional Preparedness Resources

 

PSPS Flyer VCFD
PSPS Flyer: How to Prepare in Ventura County

 

PSPS Flyer VCFD ESP
Volante de PSPS: Cómo prepararse para los cortes de electricidad en el Condado de Ventura

Junior Fire Academy

VCFD's Junior Fire Academy is a FREE five-day camp designed for boys and girls ages 13-16 to experience what it's like to be a firefighter as well as learn about fire safety careers.

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2019 JFA video
VIDEO: 2019 Junior Fire Academy Announcement

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REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MAY 31, 2019

Three sessions available
Session 1 - July 29 - August 2, 2019

Session 2 - August 5 - August 9, 2019
Session 3 - August 12 - August 16, 2019
* Registrants must select desired session in ranking order *

TIME: Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Ventura County Fire Services Regional Training Center - Camarillo Airport

COST: Free

The Junior Fire Academy is a fun and informative introduction to the firefighting profession and VCFD's Explorer Program. The five-day academy is taught by VCFD firefighters and features hands-on activities and interactive learning sessions. Students will learn about fire department organization, 9-1-1 dispatch, structure fire and brush fire suppression tactics, rappel operations, basic first aid and hands only CPR, as well as tour a local fire station and VCFD's aviation unit.


Notice to Parents:

  • Space limited to the first 25 eligible applicants per session. Others will be placed on a WAITLIST
  • Mandatory registration and liability waivers required
  • Camp shirts will be provided
  • Sunscreen encouraged
  • Water provided
  • Mon–Thurs: Bring your own lunch
  • Fri: Free BBQ lunch provided

Dress Code:

  • No open toe shoes
  • Comfortable clothes - Pant or jeans; no shorts or baggy clothes
  • Girls: No spaghetti straps, strapless, tube tops

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