The City of Santa Cruz is hosting a free El Niño Storm Preparedness Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 12-4 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St. City departments and key community agencies will host booths where residents can learn how to best prepare their families and properties for heavy rains. The event will include a family-friendly sandbag workshop where citizens will be instructed on how to make their own sandbags.
Event booths will include the National Weather Service with the latest storm forecasts, Santa Cruz County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer program and Animal Service Authority with pet preparedness tips. The Boy Scouts will offer emergency kits for purchase. The County and City offices of emergency services will explain how they manage and coordinate storm related response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness efforts.