The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that there is an approximately 95% chance that the current EI Niño conditions will continue through until the end of winter 2016.
(El Niño refers to the large-scale ocean-atmosphere climate interaction linked to a periodic warming in sea surface temperatures across the central and east-central Equatorial Pacific. When strong El Niño conditions exist, there is a higher probability of increased rainfall along the coast of California. The increased rainfall can result in heavier than normal runoff, causing localized and large-scale flooding.)
With El Niño season upon us there is a lot of concern regarding what to expect, how the campus is preparing, and what you as an individual can do to prepare yourself and your family for the impacts it may have. Listed below are valuable resources and information to give yourself peace of mind regarding severe winter weather that many of us may not be used to dealing with.
On campus, we began El Niño preparations months ago and have taken several steps to keep our campus safe and operating efficiently, including:
We know for a fact that many areas on campus are prone to severe flooding. Please keep in mind that when flooding occurs the safest place to be may be indoors, so we may issue a shelter-in-place directive until it is safe to leave. Parts of campus may be evacuated, and certain streets and intersections may be shut down on and around campus. Please monitor weather forecasts and always keep your phone and email readily accessible in case we issue a BeachALERT emergency notification.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information or would like to request a presentation for your office, department, or class please contact the campus Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator at Allyson.Joy@csulb.edu.
Thank you for your commitment to a safe and resilient university!