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Are You Prepared For Rain This Winter

So, El Nino may have been a bust on Southern California; however El Nino did appear, its just that it appeared in Central and Northern California, but we did get higher than average rainfall here in Southern California last winter.  So this year the prediction is for La Nina.  What is La Nina, well in simple terms, its a drier than normal year.  So you are wondering, if its a drier than normal year, "what do I need to do to prepare?".  Well, although we may have a forecast for drier than normal, it just takes one good storm and your roof not being prepared to cause significant problems or even worse, a partial or full roof collapse.  As tress shed their foliage in the Fall and Winter, leaves end up on roofs (in the valleys and gutters of pitched roofs and around scuppers and internal drains of flat roofs) and this could cause blockages to the drainage of rain water.  One gallon of water weighs eight pounds, so water sitting on a roof, especially a flat roof, can add up fast.  Make sure you clear valleys on a pitched roof of any debris and built up leaves and inspect and clean scuppers, internal drains and gutters out before every predicted storm.

Winter Shelter Program

Every winter has the potential to be a cold winter, we have already seen a couple days with Cold or Frost Advisories put in place in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and/or Antelope Valley with the potential for more as we get further into winter.  Options and assistance for our vulnerable homeless population are available.

The City of Burbank falls within the San Fernando Valley catchment area for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).  LAHSA, in partnership with Hope of the Valley, operates a Winter Shelter at the Sylmar Armory.  Winter Shelters operate on a limited bed capacity and are first come first served daily.

Hope of the Valley – Sylmar Armory Winter Shelter details:

  • 12860 Arroyo Drive, Sylmar California 91342
  • Operates Starting December 1st, 2016 through March 1st, 2017
  • 170 beds, first come first served daily
  • No one is allowed on the property before 5:30 PM
  • Closest pick-up points to Burbank: 
  • Sun Valley – 8165 San Fernando Road (outside the Hope of the Valley Thrift Shop), pick-up time is 6:00 PM
  • North Hollywood – 8045 Lankershim Blvd (outside of the McDonalds), pick-up time is 6:30 PM
  • Note: Pick-up times may vary due to weather or traffic conditions

Shopping carts are NOT allowed inside the shelter, each guest may take one small bag inside.  Those with their own transportation may go directly to the shelter, keep in mind they may not go on the property before 5:30 PM; however arriving early is recommended for walk-in guests; those who do not have their own transportation should go to a designated pick-up point and not try to attempt to go directly to the shelter on foot.  Those using pick-up transportation services may only take one small bag and will be returned to the pick-up point the next morning.

Other Winter Shelter locations are available throughout the County, all on a first come first served basis as well as designated transportation pick-up points for their designated catchment areas.  For a list of Winter Shelter options call the Shelter Hotline (1-800-548-6047) for shelter locations and pick-up points.  The Hope of the Valley – Sylmar Armory is the only San Fernando Valley location (the next closest locations include Lancaster, Santa Clarita and Eastern San Gabriel Valley).

PLEASE NOTE:  Winter Shelter locations are unable to serve the needs of families, for family assistance, please contact the County Information and Referral Line 211 or visit for available resources.