Stephanie Murphy, Vice President of Preparedness, Resiliency and Emergency Management for Tidal Basin, recently spoke to the Kern Valley Sun about disaster preparedness. With the Kern River Valley experiencing flooding due to heavy rains and snowmelt, Stephanie emphasized the importance of communication during all phases of a disaster.
Stephanie advised Kern County residents to sign up for emergency alerts, stay updated on social media and the county’s webpage, and prepare a “go bag” with enough supplies to last at least 72 hours. She also advised residents to survey their property, including removing dead debris and keeping drains clear. Stephanie reminded people to heed evacuation plans and to keep track of damages in case federal aid is available. As she warns, it is important to be cautious during disasters and not to expect water to behave as we think it will.