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Local agencies hold Emergency Preparedness Event

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (KION) - UPDATE ON DEC. 2, 2023 AT 1:55 PM- On Saturday, multiple government agencies held an emergency preparedness meeting in Watsonville.

Our Telemundo anchor Edgar Olivares talked to local government officials as well as community members who learned how to register to get emergency alerts and making an emergency kit.

Emergency Preparedness Event taking place this weekend

The County of Monterey and Santa Cruz County will be hosting a flooding and natural emergency preparedness event on Saturday.

The event takes place on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ramsay Park Family Center.

Watsonville City Leaders along with California Office of Emergency Services plus community based organizations will be at the event as well.

The event was scheduled to be held in early November but the event was canceled due to inclement weather.

Emergency Preparedness Event canceled due to inclement weather

UPDATE ON NOV. 16, 2023 AT 5:34 PM- Santa Cruz County officials announced that the emergency preparedness event scheduled for Friday has been canceled.

The event was scheduled to be held at the Watsonville City Plaza on Friday afternoon.

There is no word if the event will be rescheduled.

Watsonville to hold event for storm preparations ahead of the winter storms

The City of Watsonville is trying to get ahead of the curve and get community members ready as winter storms have arrived.

The preparedness event will be here at the Watsonville City Plaza next Friday November 17th from 3 p.m. to 7 pm.

During the session, the city will hand out items like flashlights, sandbags, and emergency to-go bags.

The City of Watsonville also says residents can:

  • Learn how to create a family emergency plan 
  • Assemble an emergency kit with essential supplies 
  • Register for emergency notifications using the latest available systems 
  • Understand local emergency services and communication systems 

Something this city says they're doing after seeing how hard the storms hit the city

"What we know this year is that knowing what we know with the past experience, we could do better and educating and disseminating these emergency preparedness information," said Tamara Vides, assistant City Manager for the city of Watsonville.

The actions the city is doing ahead of the storm season is putting residents like Paul Novato at ease.

Novato who has been living in Watsonville for 70 years, will never forget the disaster the winter storms caused in his neighborhood back in January.

"The scariest part was that in a nighttime, in a nighttime, we were afraid that they we were going to get evacuated," said Novato.

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Dania Romero

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Edgar Olivares is a multimedia journalist for Telemundo 23.


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