The City of Santa Clarita’s mission in an emergency situation is to save lives. By protecting property and the environment in situations associated with natural disasters, manmade disasters, and national security emergencies, the City follows these emergency management objectives:
- Manage and coordinate overall emergency response and recovery operations.
- Coordinate with appropriate federal, state and other local government agencies, as well as applicable segments of private sector entities and volunteer agencies.
- Establish priorities and resolve any conflicting demands for support.
- Prepare and disseminate emergency public information to inform, alert and warn the public.
- Disseminate damage information and other essential data.
- Plan for the continuation of government.
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Take Charge of Battery Safety
Nine-volt batteries power smoke alarms, household items and toys. They are found in most homes. These batteries can be a fire hazard if not stored safely or disposed of with care.
• 9-volt batteries can be dangerous. The positive and negative posts are close together. If a metal object touches the two posts of a 9-volt battery, it can cause a short circuit and potentially start a fire.
• It is unsafe to store 9-volt batteries in a drawer near paper clips, coins, pens, or other batteries. Do not store common household items such as steel wool, aluminum foil, and keys near 9-volt batteries. If these items touch the two posts, there is a greater risk of a fire starting.
• Weak batteries may have enough charge to cause a fire. Some fires have started in trash when 9-volt batteries were thrown away with other metal items.
Keep batteries in original packaging until you are ready to use them. If loose, keep the posts covered with masking, duct, or electrical tape, and keep batteries away from metal objects.
• Don’t throw 9-volt batteries away with trash. They can start fires if they come in contact with other batteries or pieces of metal.
• Take 9-volt batteries to a nearby collection site for household hazardous waste.
• To be safe, cover the positive and negative posts with masking, duct, or electrical tape before getting rid of batteries.