Preparing for an Emergency or Evacuation

PRE-EVACUATION PREPARATION STEPS

Recent natural disasters can inspire awareness and the importance of emergency preparedness. In our neighborhood the threat of a wildfire is real and one could start at any moment. Fire can move fast and unpredictably. Preparing for an evacuation should begin before there is any danger. Everyone should have individual and family evacuation plans in place. Emergency planning may be different for every family but there are common necessities and planning should include all members of the family. If your household is under voluntary or potential evacuations, begin to prepare your home and get ready to leave.

 Assemble an emergency supply kit

 
Having supplies for each member of your household is an important step for evacuation preparation. Cal Fire recommends having a three-day supply non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person. Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses, a seven-day supply of medications and copies of important documents are also important to pack

  1. Place papers in sealed, waterproof plastic

  2. Store in a durable, sealed box. (A portable,fireproof and waterproof box or waterproof backpack is recommended.)

  3. Store box/backpack at home in a secure, easily accessible location.

    If you must evacuate:

    • Grab box and take with you.
    • Keep the box with you at all times.
    • Do not leave box unattended in your car.

What to include in your Grab & Go box

  • Copies of important documents: Birth Certificates, Drivers licenses, passports, House Deeds and Titles, Birth, death, adoption, and marriage certificates,Wills and/or trust documents and other irreplaceable document.

  • First two pages of previous year’s federal and state income tax returns

  • Cash or traveler’s checks for several days living expenses.

  • Back-up copies of computerized financial records

  • Emergency phone numbers

  • Employee-benefit documents.

  • Copies of important health record and prescriptions: Copies of health, dental, and/or prescription insurance cards or numbers.

  • Copies of children’s immunization records.

  • Copies of auto, flood, renter’s or homeowner’s insurance policies (at least policy numbers).

  • Home inventory. (document and take pictures of properties and possessions)

  • Any sentimental  jewelry or photos (flash drive or CD is best)

 Inside the House

  • Shut all windows and doors, leaving them unlocked.

  • Remove flammable window shades, curtains and close metal shutters.

  • Remove lightweight curtains.

  • Move flammable furniture to the center of the room, away from windows and doors.

  • Shut off gas at the meter; turn off pilot lights.

  • Leave your lights on so firefighters can see your house under smoky conditions.

  • Shut off the air conditioning.

Outside

  • Gather up flammable items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.) or place them in your pool.

  • Turn off propane tanks.

  • Move propane BBQ appliances away from structures.

  • Connect garden hoses to outside water valves or spigots for use by firefighters. Fill water buckets and place them around the house.

  • Don’t leave sprinklers on or water running, they can affect critical water pressure.

  • Leave exterior lights on so your home is visible to firefighters in the smoke or darkness of night.

  • Put your Emergency Supply Kit in your vehicle.

  • Back your car into the driveway with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you.

  • Have a ladder available and place it at the corner of the house for firefighters to quickly access your roof.

  • Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.

  • Patrol your property and monitor the fire situation. Don’t wait for an evacuation order if you feel threatened.

  • Check on neighbors and make sure they are preparing to leave.

Animals

  • Locate your pets and keep them nearby.

  • Prepare farm animals for transport and think about moving them to a safe location early.

In the event of emergency Remember safety first. If you are well prepared in advance the evacuation process can be less stressful and scary.

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Office Closures for the upcoming holiday season

Pine Cove Water District would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season. The Office will be closed on December 25th and 26th for Christmas.  We will also be closed For New Years Day Monday January 1st . If you have a water emergency, there will be someone on call.  You can call the office and listen to the recorded message or call 951-294-8282, which is our emergency number.  Remember, this number is for true water emergencies only.  Please wait until the following business day to call about any other non-emergency water issues.  Our normal business hours will resume as usual from 9am until 4pm the following business day after the holidays.

We Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here at PCWD!

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Winter is coming how can you prepare

It is important to make sure your home is ready for the coming winter months. Winter heating costs can double if your windows are poorly insulated, your plumbing breaks, or if the heating system is out-of-date. Making proper precautions to ensure your home is prepared for winter can save you time, money and a lot of unnecessary hassle.

  • To prevent damage, it is just as important to winterize your vacant home. Learn how to properly shut off your water valve (in case a pipe bursts) and turn your water off every time you leave your mountain home.
  • Unplug appliances such as microwaves and toasters to prevent faulty switches.
  • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Clean your gutters; make sure water can flow freely through your gutters to avoid icicles and ice dams.
  • Change your ceiling fans clockwise to force hot air at the ceiling towards the floor.
  • Replacing the filters in your forced heating unit improves the efficiency of your unit.
  • Window insulation film can help keep heat from escaping out your windows.Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
  •  The simple act of installing a storm door can increase energy efficiency by 45%, by sealing drafts and reducing air flow
  • Placing a rolled towel at the bottom of your exterior door or a draft guard prevents heat from leaking out.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year. Your chimney doesn’t necessarily need to be swept every single year, but it does need an annual inspection. Wood stoves, however, should be swept more often — as soon as they’ve accumulated a quarter of an inch of creosote.
  • Trim tree branches near your windows, roof, or parking areas before the weight of winter ice and snow can cause them to snap.
  • Inspect your home for any openings where animals could use to get inside. Make sure your fireplace flue or damper is closed, as bats, birds and squirrels are known to get inside this way.
  • Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment. Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
  •  It is wise to communicate with a trusted  friend or neighbor that your will be gone for a prolonged period of time and they have your contact information. Taking these steps can help protect your home from theft, water damage, and heating or electrical system issues while you are away for an extended period of time.

Bundle the house up for winter

 

 

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Halloween Family Fun

If you are new to the hill the annual Idyllwild Halloween Carnival is Tuesday October 31st. The parade begins at 4:00pm at the top of N. Circle Dr. The parade leads to the center of town where there will be a delightful carnival. The Carnival is from 5 -8 includes food, games, dancing, and a DJ and there will be a costume contest is for both humans and pets. There will also be more spooky fun happening this weekend and Halloween night at the Lake Hemet Haunted Village. The Haunted Village is open Friday and Saturday night and Halloween night Tuesday, Oct. 31. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the party ends at 10p.m.

PCWD  would like to wish everyone a very Happy Halloween and we hope everyone enjoys a fun safe family fright night!!!

 

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OFFICE CLOSURE

Just a quick note to remind everyone that the Pine Cove Water District will be closed on Monday, October 9th in honor of Columbus Day.  We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, October 10th at 9 a.m.  If you have a water emergency, there will be someone on call.  You can call the office and listen to the recorded message or call 951-294-8282, which is our emergency number.  Remember, this number is for true water emergencies only.  Please wait until Tuesday to call about an other water issues.  Our normal business hours for next week will be Tuesday through Friday, from 9 am until 4 pm.

Happy Columbus Day!!!

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Thank you Voters!

Pine Cove Water District would like to thank all of its registered voter residents that took the time to submit their ballot to Riverside County for this recent election of the board members. The continued support that our residents give this district is outstanding here at the PCWD we greatly appreciate our customers.

Riverside County submitted the Official Final Results……

  • Louis C. Padula——– 154 votes 29.79%
  • Joel A. Palmer——— 152 votes 29.40%
  • Robert D Hewitt——- 151 votes 29.21%
  • Jeffery Kleefisch——- 60 votes  11.61%

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BE WATER WISE

Helpful hints on how to conserve our presious water

 

Over half the water use inside a home takes place in the bathroom.

Turn off the water while shaving or brushing teeth. (Savings: up to 4 gallons a minute, or up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four!)
Take short showers instead of tub baths; showers use less water. (If you keep your showers to under 5 minutes you’ll save up to 1,000 gallons a month.)
If you do take a bath, be sure to plug the drain right away and adjust the temperature as you fill the tub.
Don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket. Use a leak-free, high efficiency toilet. (Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home: nearly 30 percent of residential indoor water consumption.)
When washing your hands, turn off the water while you lather.

 

In the kitchen Cook up some real water savings.


Wash only full loads of dishes, and select the appropriate water level or load size option on the dishwasher.
Do not use water to defrost frozen foods; thaw foods in the refrigerator overnight.
Scrape, rather than rinse dishes before loading them into the dishwasher.
Compost food waste instead of using the garbage disposal or throwing it in the trash.
Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool

 

Rinse out some real money savings with your laundry.


Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
Consider purchasing a high efficiency washing machine, which can save over 50 percent in laundry water and energy use.

 

Always fix leaks everywhere.


You can significantly reduce water use by simply repairing leaks in fixtures (faucets and showerheads), pipes, and toilets. A leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time. A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons per day. That would be like flushing your toilet more than 50 times for no reason!
Outdoors

 

Of the estimated 29 billion gallons of water used daily by households in the United States, nearly 9 billion gallons (30 percent) is used outdoors. In the hot summer months, or in dry climates, a household’s outdoor water use can be as high as 70 percent.

Native and drought tolerant plants can make a beautiful alternative to unused turf areas in your yard. Purchase an inexpensive hose timer to avoid over-watering. Soaker hoses are also a great option for avoiding evaporation.
Collecting rainwater to use on your landscape can help you save water outdoors.
Many local water providers offer rebates on efficient irrigation devices.
Use a broom or electric blower to clean driveways and sidewalks, rather than hosing them off.
When washing your car, use an adjustable nozzle or sprayer and turn off the water stream while soaping your vehicle.

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office closings

Just a quick note to remind everyone that the Pine Cove Water District will be closed on Monday, September 4th in honor of Labor Day.  We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 5th at 9 a.m.  If you have a water emergency, there will be someone on call.  You can call the office and listen to the recorded message or call 951-294-8282, which is our emergency number.  Remember, this number is for true water emergencies only.  Please wait until Tuesday to call about an other water issues.  Our normal business hours for next week will be Tuesday through Friday, from 9 am until 4 pm.
Happy Labor Day!!!

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Free Water Efficiency Kits

PCWD invites all residents to come by the office and pick up your free water efficiency kit!

Kit includes:
-High-Efficiency Showerhead, saves money by using up to 75% less water than traditional showerheads.
-Dual Spray Swivel Aerator, offers a 360 degree swivel and has two spray options.
-TWO Bubble Spray Bathroom Faucet Aerators, designed to accommodate most bathroom sink faucets.
-Leak Detector Dye Tablets Kit, used to identify leaks in toilet tanks.
-Flow Meter Bag, helps determine the flow of showerheads and faucet aerators.
-Water Conservation wheel is a great educational tool that contains valuable water saving procedures. -Installation Instructions for easy home installation.

Stop by get one for each bathroom in your mountain home.
You could also get an ice cream while you are here.

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Thank you!

We would like to Thank all of the customers and residents of Pine Cove for your continued diligence in helping us find leaks and conserving water. There have been several helpful calls made to us by the residents regarding possible leaks. While not all of the reports have been confirmed leaks we sincerely appreciate the continued efforts to work together. There was one leak discovered on Sylvan Way that was originally thought to be a spring but after further inspection we found the leak. We have purchased updated state of the art leak detection equipment that will greatly assist us in finding any leaks even faster. As promised we are still giving rewards to anyone who a calls in a possible leak and it is confirmed.

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