FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Release#: 2015-12-17
CONTACT: Public Information Office, 949-724-6077, firstname.lastname@example.org
IRVINE, CA (Dec. 17, 2015): The City of Irvine encourages residents to prepare for El Niño conditions now. To that end, Irvine residents can pick up 10 free prefilled sandbags per household at the City’s Operations Support Facility, 6427 Oak Canyon Road, Irvine. The facility is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; closed weekends. Residents should check in at the office and show proof of Irvine residency before obtaining their sandbags.
In addition, the Orange County Fire Authority is offering free sand and bags at locations throughout the county. In Irvine, residents can visit Station 36, 301 E. Yale Loop; and Station 47, 47 Fossil. Residents should bring a shovel to these locations in order to fill their bags. More information on this program is available at ocfa.org (link is external).
Another option for residents is to visit local Home Depot and Lowe’s stores, which have prefilled sandbags and related products available for purchase.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there is a 95 percent chance that El Niño conditions will occur this winter. Residents can further prepare by using a checklist and other resources that can be found at cityofirvine.org. For more information on picking up sandbags at the City’s facility, call 949-724-7600.
Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city, with a population of 250,384, spans 66 square miles and is recognized as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship, and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Orange County Great Park – the first great metropolitan park of the 21st century. For more information, please visit cityofirvine.org.