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WILDLAND FIRES - FLASH FLOOD & DEBRIS FLOW DANGER INCREASES

The other side of wildland fires is the increased danger of flash floods and debris flows...

Following the Cerro Grande firestorm, the Los Alamos County (NM)Fire Department has undergone swiftwater/flood rescue training
(to the operational level) in anticipation of the monsoon season. Other agencies in areas where there has been severe wildland fire damage would be advised to take similar precautions for the safety of their own personnel, as well as the public...

Burn areas are at risk for serious flash floods and debris flows up to FIVE YEARS following a devastating wildland fire. The fire creates "hydrophobic soil" just beneath the surface of the scorched earth, which acts like a sheet of impermeable plastic when it rains, sending mud, boulders, logs, anything and everything, cascading downstream in a powerful debris flow. As one of the swiftwater rescuers here in Los Angeles County once said, "Getting out of the way, or pure luck, are the only 'rescue tools' for a debris flow." Public safety education is essential.

Debris flows are one of the most powerful and deadly hazards in fire-damaged canyons and flood-prone areas. The Los Angeles County flood safety education video, "DANGER! DEBRIS FLOW", offers an excellent public education tool for areas that have been hard hit by wildfires this year.

Here is detailed information about our flood safety education videos:

FLOOD SAFETY EDUCATION VIDEOS AVAILABLE:

I wanted to let you know about the flood safety education videos that Dr. Betty Hennessy of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Jean Granucci of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, and I developed for the County of Los Angeles, with tremendous support from members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and a consortium of local fire-rescue and law enforcement agencies: "NO WAY OUT" and "DANGER! DEBRIS FLOW".

Unfortunately information about these informative programs is not currently available online, but we are hoping to develop a permanent web site with a link that will allow people immediate access to these cost-effective, vital, lifesaving products.

Here is a description of the videos and written instructional materials:

"NO WAY OUT": When it rains in Los Angeles County, flood control channels, rivers, and arroyos can quickly fill up with dangerous, fast-moving water. "NO WAY OUT" combines dramatic news footage, stirring personal accounts, and insightful commentary to raise awareness about the potentially life-threatening hazards of flooding.

The video and science/safety written instructional materials are recommended for grades 4-adult.
Closed captioned.
Broadcast quality copies are available for broadcast on non-commercial, non-revenue generating public television and government/instructional cable outlets.
Total running time: 26-minutes

"DANGER! DEBRIS FLOW": One of the most potentially deadly, but little known storm hazards is the danger of flash floods and debris flows in mountain canyons, especially in vulnerable burn areas in the aftermath of wildland brush fires. Science and rescue professionals explore California's
fire-flood relationship, as survivors give stirring personal accounts.

The video and science/safety written instructional materials are recommended for grades 4-adult.
Broadcast quality copies are available for broadcast on non-commercial, non-revenue generating public television and government/instructional cable outlets.
Total running time: 15 minutes.

For copies of the videos and instructional materials, as well as promotional materials (with graphics & descriptions), please contact DR. BETTY HENNESSY:

"NO WAY OUT" - video & written instructional materials
$20.00 VHS

"DANGER! DEBRIS FLOW" - video & written instructional materials
$20.00 VHS

Both "NO WAY OUT" and "DANGER! DEBRIS FLOW" on one video: (no written instructional materials; videos only)
$30.00 VHS

Special arrangements can be made for multiple copies of 10 or more.

Also, we have worked with other communities to tailor these videos to their local areas, including shooting and editing in new introductions with local agency representatives and survivors. The lessons included in our videos are universal, even though the setting is in Los Angeles. With a little additional footage shot at the local level and minor re-editing, these products can serve communities worldwide at a fraction of the cost needed to create new public safety education programs from scratch.

For more information about the outstanding and pioneering Flood Safety Education programs available from the County of Los Angeles, contact:

Dr. Betty Hennessy
Los Angeles County Office of Education
Phone: 562-922-6307
Fax: 562-922-6699
E-mail: Hennessy_Betty@lacoe.edu

We are especially keen to get the word out to communities throughout the Western United States that have suffered extensive damage in recent wildland fires and are now at risk for flash floods and debris flows...

Your assistance spreading the word about the availability of these public safety education products would be much appreciated.

Thank you!

With best wishes,

Nancy J. Rigg
Writer - Documentary Filmmaker
Flood Safety Education Consultant
Los Angeles
Tel: 323-933-6272