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Villaraigosa Addresses City's Emergency Response to Storm

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This afternoon Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a press conference to address concerns about the city's emergency agencies and the response to today's heavy and dangerous rainstorms.

In a speech that began with acknowledgment of the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day, Villaraigosa expressed thanks to the many agencies in the City of Los Angeles, including the LAPD and LAFD, who are working to keep residents safe during these storms.

Assuring that they are monitoring hillsides and burn areas for potential hazards, the Mayor indicated that a command center has been set up at a Panorama City fire station, and that a shelter is being established at Sunland Park Recreation Center. Those needing information about possible evacuations are urged to call 311, while those who do not need to be driving are being asked to stay home.

Villaraigosa concluded his remarks by expressing willingness to work in concert with County and other area agencies as needed to assist in emergency response.