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Phoenix is Monsoon Ready! #PHXStormPhoenix is Monsoon Ready! #PHXStorm<div class="ExternalClass407FC0A6D77F4235AD1F43FA47F1E3B9"><p>​</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>Today officially marks the beginning of the monsoon, and the city of Phoenix is ready to respond. While the actual season runs until September 30, the city works throughout the year to prepare, and ensure that we are focusing on our #1 priority: The safety of Phoenix residents.</p><p>"As the likelihood of severe weather events increases during the summer, all our residents should feel confident that the city of Phoenix is prepared to respond quickly to community needs," says Councilman Michael Nowakowski, chair of the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee.</p><p>"The city's response teams are working 24/7 during the monsoon, watching weather patterns and being in constant communication with the National Weather Service," says Lisa Jones, Phoenix Director of Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. "This allows us to better strategize on storm response ahead of the storm, rather than on simply a reactionary basis."</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Here are some ways the city is preparing:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The city has a Duty Officer who works 24/7 to monitor storms. This allows the city to anticipate weather as it rolls in, and alert crews for better response while ensuring seamless service to residents even when it seems all resources are deployed on storm-related issues.</li><li>New this year: The city of Phoenix was recently recognized as "StormReady" by the National Weather Service. Phoenix meets specific guidelines in having advanced capabilities for monitoring, planning, responding, and providing public information during severe weather events.</li><li>The city's Technical Rescue Teams train year-round for incidents, like water rescues.</li><li>Streets crews clean drainage channels and catch basins daily to ensure stormwater runoff can reach conveyance channels.</li><li>The city is always analyzing infrastructure each season to determine where improvements need to be made.</li><li>Ensuring that residents are equipped with important information. Nearly 400,000 monsoon fliers in English and Spa​nish containing key information about storms and safety are being mailed to residents in June to hang on their refrigerators. <br></li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Here's how residents can prepare:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Find long-term options to reduce flooding from heavy rains, including <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1337177/4884717/20184/9/">reusable gel water barriers</a>.</li><li>Remember to <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1337177/4884717/13223/10/"><em><strong>Take a Hike. Do it Right</strong></em></a>: Watch the weather forecast before hitting the trails to ensure hikers don't get caught in a dangerous situation.</li><li>Make sure you have a plan in place for your family and pets so that you can survive without water or power for 72 hours. Download a go kit flier <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1337177/4884717/20185/11/">for you</a> and <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1337177/4884717/20186/12/">your pets</a>.</li><li>Trim trees on your property to reduce weight so that trees are less likely to fall and snap.</li><li>Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Things to remember:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road! The depth of water is not always obvious.</li><li>Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including SUVs and pick-up trucks.</li><li>Slow down while driving through inclement weather. </li><li>When you find yourself driving into a dust storm: pull over, turn off lights and wait it out.</li><li>Ensure doors and windows on homes and businesses are secure. Many storm-related dispatch calls end up being false burglar alarms; a result of doors blowing open. Preparing will allow first responders to be available for emergencies.</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Resources:</strong></span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Monsoon website: <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1337177/4884717/972/13/">phoenix.gov/update</a> (hotline information, sand locations, weather outlook, and more)</li><li>Street closures: <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1337177/4884717/5429/14/">phoenix.gov/streets</a></li><li>Social media storm updates: Follow #PHXStorm</li></ul><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Contact:</strong></span></p><p>Tammy Vo</p><p>Marketing & Communications Manager</p><p>Cell/text: 602-859-5089</p><p><a href="mailto:tammy.vo@phoenix.gov">tammy.vo@phoenix.gov</a></p></td></tr></tbody></table></div>6/15/2017 7:00:00 AMTammy Vo602-859-5089