By Lookout Staff
September 24, 2012 -- As Carmageddon II approaches, Santa Monica City officials want to know if you are prepared for a disaster.
On September 28 and 29, part of the I-405 will be shut down as demolition on the Mulholland Bridge and City officials say that residents should be prepared, in the event they end up getting stuck in traffic.
“Experts warn that if we choose to hit the roads, we should prepare and that includes having an emergency car kit for Carmageddon II,” City officials said.
“Being prepared for Carmageddon II can sound overwhelming but you may already have everything you need”, says Ken Semko, City of Santa Monica Emergency Manager.
Every car emergency kit should have a fully-charged cell phone, a charger for the phone, a flashlight, batteries, nonperishable food, a first-aid kit and any necessary medications.
The kit should also include water, an AM/FM radio, jumper cables, flares, a reflective triangle and blankets.
Being prepared is more than just making sure your emergency kit is packed, said Paul Weinberg, Emergency Services coordinator.
“Do you have a plan? Have you talked to your family and friends?” he asked, adding that everyone should have an idea where they will meet their loved ones in the event of an emergency.
Though most may want to avoid the streets altogether during Carmageddon, “if you're going to be out in your cars, use the opportunity to be prepared for emergencies,” Weinberg said.
The City also offers periodic “One Stop Prep Shops” throughout Santa Monica where residents can stop by and pick up pre-assembled emergency kits, Weinberg said.
The next “One Stop Prep Shop” will be near the holidays, he said, though the specific date is yet to be announced.
Those who would rather stay at home have options, too.
“This will be a good weekend to eat, shop, and play locally,” City officials said.
There will be three Farmers Markets over the I-405 closure weekend,
The Pico Farmers’ Market is at Virginia Avenue between Pico and Cloverfield will be open September 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Also on Saturday, the Downtown Farmers’ Market -- on Arizona Avenue between 4th and 2nd Streets -- will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Rounding out Carmageddon weekend will be the Sunday Main Street Farmers’ Market on Main Street in Heritage Square, which will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
“We are the largest grower-only Certified Farmers Market in Southern California and a favorite for local chefs,” says Farmers Market Supervisor Laura Avery. “So avoid the Sepulveda Pass and walk or bike to Santa Monica’s famous Farmers Markets.”