Idyllwild Winter Survival Guide 2012-13
Your guide to surviving the winter in Idyllwild. Find local heating companies, water district and plumbing information, and other handy resources.
WINTER AL ]GUIDE [ SURVIV Winter 2012-13 Idyllwild T own Crier Preparing for winter By Gregg Williams Rainbow Construction or effective and inexpensive winter preparation, the typical items are weather stripping any doors and windows, and caulking areas around windows that leak air. Wrapping the water heater is also helpful for saving water-heating costs and there are plenty of pre-made jackets for water heaters. Check with Southern California Edison or see if there are any county or state programs available to improve energy use. F INSIDE Winter warming center, pg. 2 CHP safe driving tips, pg. 4 Readying your pipes, pg. 6 HELP Center services, pg. 6 To lower overall costs of heating: ✔ Have clean furnace ﬁlters — I always recommend pleated ﬁlters to minimize dust passing onto the furnace heating surfaces. Pleated ﬁlters are more efﬁcient and typically have larger surface areas to minimize blocking the airﬂow. ✔ Install storm windows (sometimes a simple wood frame with plastic) as a retroﬁt added to the inside or outside of older single pane window openings. ✔ Use insulated curtains with lined backings See Prepare, page 7 Page 2 - Winter Survival Guide - Winter 2012-14 Production Notes The 2012-13 Winter Survival Guide is published by the Idyllwild Town Crier newspaper. The newspaper ofﬁces are located at 54925 Village Center Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549. (951) 659-2145. idyllwildtowncrier.com. Grace Reed Publisher firstname.lastname@example.org J.P. Crumrine Editor email@example.com Halie Johnson Production Manager/ Graphic Design firstname.lastname@example.org James Larkin Production Assistant email@example.com Marshall Smith Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Shane Fender Advertising Sales Representative email@example.com W arming center: An Idyllwild phenomenon Winter emergency contact information: Emergency assistance: 9-1-1 Idyllwild Fire non-emergency number: (951) 659-2153 Pine Cove Fire Station non-emergency number: (951) 659-2732 Idyllwild Town Crier website for updated emergency information: www.idyllwildtowncrier.com Warming Center Coordinator – Rick Foster: (951) 249-4702 Warming Center – American Legion Post 800: (951) 659-3517 By Nancy Layton Town Crier Staff ost Southern California towns and cities have cooling centers — places where people can go during exceptionally hot weather to stay cool, either in the event of power outages or because their homes don’t have air conditioning. In the mountains, however, winter storms can trigger a different emergency need — warming centers. In 2011, a group of Idyllwild citizens recognized this need and formed a committee to address it. Idyllwild’s Warming Center is the result. In seeking a location for the Idyllwild Warming Center. They have to meet a set of criteria: easily accessible 24 hours a day; more than one source of heat and a back-up generator; ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) entrance and restrooms; space to set up a few cots if conditions war- M The Oct. 3 general membership meeting of American Legion Post 800 was brieﬂy interrupted when Steve Holldber (left), owner of Idyllwild Heating, told the legionnaires that he was donating the furnace, which his crew installed. The Legion Hall is designated a County of Riverside Warming Center. Receiving the good news (from left) are Dave Fraser, adjutant; Ron Draper, commander; and Danny Richardson, House Committee chairman. Post 800 has more than 400 members. Photo by Cid Castillo ranted; and the owners or managers of the facility had to agree to this use. The American Legion Post 800 at 54360 Marian View Dr. in Idyllwild was chosen as the Warming Center location because it met all the criteria. The post commander and directors readily agreed to make the facility available for this purpose. Next, the committee deﬁned the conditions and events that may cause the warming center to be activated. These include: a power outage affecting a number of homes in a neighborhood of greater Idyllwild or Pine Cove area lasting three or more hours with outside temperatures of 30° F or lower; the temperature falls below 20° F for 24 hours; or a winter storm dumps a substantial amount of heavy, wet snow combined with either of the above situations. Hill residents or guests of vacation rental units can call the Idyllwild Fire Department or the Riverside County Fire Station in Pine Cove during winter emergencies and ask for help. The ﬁre department personnel will screen these calls and ask a few questions to clarify whether the caller needs individual help or whether the call is indicative of a wide-spread situ- ation. The questions they are directed to ask include: Where do you live? Or, where are you staying? How long has your power been out? Are there any other lights on in your neighborhood? Do you have a ﬁreplace or wood burning stove and accessible ﬁrewood? Do you have special needs or circumstances that make using a wood stove or ﬁreplace (if available) difﬁcult or dangerous? What is the current temperature inside your house? Are there any neighbors who can assist you? Do you have special medical needs we should know about? Do you need transportation? See Warming, page 7 For information or to donate or volunteer visit our website at www.MDP-idyllwild.com Winter Survival Guide - Winter 2012-14 - Page 3 PCWD Every winter season, homeowners in our mountain community are at risk of the damage and expense caused by frozen pipes. However, just a few precautions can greatly reduce your risk. Disconnect and Drain – detach Locate your customer shuthoses from outdoor faucets off valve – this cannot allow water to drain from be stated enough. Know the pipe. where your shut-off valve is and how to turn it off. Any Insulate pipes and faucets in time you leave the Hill, turn unheated areas – if you off your water. have pipelines in an unheated garage or cold crawl space under the house, wrap the water pipes before temperatures plummet. Seal off access doors, cracks and around vents – winter winds whistling through overlooked openings can quickly freeze exposed water pipes. Remember, when you leave your mountain home, turn off your water! 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The California Highway Patrol provides the following information to help make your mountain driving safe and pleasant: ✔ Make sure your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater and exhaust system are in top condition. ✔ Check your antifreeze and be ready for colder temperatures. You may want to add special solvent to your windshield washer reservoir to prevent icing. ✔ Check your tires. Make sure they are properly inﬂated and the tread is in D Winter driving tips from the CHP good condition. ✔ Always carry chains. Make sure they are the proper size for your tires and are in working order. Carry a ﬂashlight and chain repair links. Chains must be installed on the drive wheels. Make sure you know if your vehicle is front- or rear-wheel drive. ✔ Other suggested items to carry in your car are an ice scraper or commercial deicer, a broom for brushing snow off your car, a shovel to free your car if it’s “snowed in,” sand or burlap for traction if your wheels should become mired in snow and an old towel to clean your hands. ✔ It is also a good idea to take along water, food, warm blankets and extra clothing. A lengthy delay A late snow in Idyllwild in 2012 caught some drivers off guard. will make you glad you have them. ✔ Put an extra car key in your pocket. A number of motorists have locked themselves out of their cars when putting on chains and at ski areas. ✔ Allow enough time. Trips to the mountains can take longer during winter than other times of year, especially if you encounter storm conditions or icy roads. Get an early start and allow plenty of time to reach your destination. ✔ Keep your gas tank full. It may be necessary to change routes or turn back during a bad storm or you may be caught in a trafﬁc Photo by J.P. Crumrine delay. ✔ Keep windshield and windows clear. You may want to stop at a safe turnout to use a snow or ice scraper. Use the car defroster and a clean cloth to keep the windows free of fog. ✔ Slow down. A highway speed of 55 miles an hour may be safe in dry weather but an invitation for trouble on snow and ice. Snow and ice make stopping distances much longer, so keep your seat belt buckled and leave more distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead. Bridge decks and shady spots can be icy when other areas are not. Remember to avoid sudden stops and quick direction changes. ✔ Be more observant. Visibility is often limited in winter by weather conditions. Slow down and watch for other vehicles and for snow equipment. 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CONTRACTOR LICENSE #297202 CHP Continued from previous page Chain Requirements For autos and pickups ✔ When stalled, stay with your vehicle and try to conserve fuel while maintaining warmth. Be alert to any possible exhaust or monoxide problems. Chain controls ✔ You must stop and put on chains when highway signs indicate chains are required. You can be cited by the CHP and ﬁned if you don’t. You will usually have about a mile between “Chains Required” signs and the checkpoint to install your chains. ✔ Control areas can change rapidly from place to place because of changing weather and road conditions. The speed limit when chains are required is 25 or 30 miles per hour and will be posted along the highway. ✔ When you must put on chains, wait until you can pull completely off the roadway to the right. Do not stop in a trafﬁc lane where you will endanger For buses and recreational vehicles Legend By Darren Meyer Public Information Ofﬁcer, San Gorgonio Pass California Highway Patrol ome Subaru vehicles (Legacy and Outback) prohibit snow chain application due to the lack of clearance between the tire and fender. It’s not really an all-wheel drive (AWD) issue, but more of a clearance issue. Not all AWD vehicles have this clearance problem. There are three CHP mandated chain restrictions: R-1: Indicates chains are required except for vehicles with snow tires (chains required for any vehicle pulling a trailer). R-2: Indicates chains are required except for four-wheel drive vehicles with snow tires (this includes your typical AWD Subaru as long as the tires are rated for snow and have a minimum legal tread depth of 6/32 of an inch). The R-1 and R-2 chain requirements are typical winter driving restrictions in the Idyllwild area. R-3 — This indicates chains are required for all vehicles. R-3: In extreme snow conditions not normally seen in Southern California. In the Chain restrictions and all-wheel drive cars Winter Survival Guide - Winter 2012-14 - Page 5 S yourself and block trafﬁc. ✔ Chain installers: If you use the services of a chain installer, be sure to get a receipt and jot the installer’s badge number on it. Remember, chain installers are independent business people, not CHP employees. Having the badge number may help with any misunderstandings later. Chain installers are NOT allowed to sell or rent chains. ✔ When removing chains, drive beyond the signs reading “End Chain Control” to a pull-off area where you can safely remove them. Road conditions hotline The CHP urges you to check road conditions often. The best way is to call the Caltrans Road conditions hotline: 1-800-427-ROAD (723) instance of an R-3 restriction, CHP ofﬁcers would turn around drivers who fail to chain or cable their vehicles. Remember, Caltrans and CHP reserve the right to prohibit any vehicle from entering a chain control area when it’s determined the vehicle may experience difﬁculty in traveling safely in the area. Check Subaru or other AWD owner’s manuals to see if cable snow traction devices are allowed in place of snow chains. The snow cables are signiﬁcantly lower proﬁle than chains and thus, may be allowed on the Legacy, Outback and other AWD vehicles. Performance Pumping VILLAGE HARDWARE Lumber & Building Materials 659-4457 YOUR WINTERIZING HEADQUARTERS v Septic Certiﬁcations v v Septic Pumping v v Leach Systems, Repair & Replacements v v Backhoe & Dumptruck v v New Construction v v Video Pipe Inspection & Repair v v Root Removal & Prevention v Family Owned and Operated! 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The Idyllwild HELP Center offers these services See HELP, next page Potentially costly problems By Steve Erler aration checklist for family General Manager and friends with your local Fern Valley Water District water district and plumber’s phone numbers; ern Valley Water ✔ Wrap any exposed District and the pipes and insulate annually Idyllwild Water even in attic and basement District would like to areas. remind you that winter ✔ Disconnect and drain is soon upon us. Winter outdoor hoses. preparation not only helps ✔ Drain irrigation syskeep pipes from freezing, tems by turning off the wabut also saves in costly re- ter to the irrigation system pairs. Here are a few win- at main valve; set the autoter perparation tips: matic irrigation controller ✔ Provide a winter prep- to the “rain” setting; turn he Idyllwild HELP Center is open from 9 a.m. to 12 and from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. In order to assist anyone in need, the center requires the following: • Recipients are required to volunteer for 30 minutes before receiving any service. • a copy of a photo I.D. for every person ages 18 and older in the household • a copy of an I.D. for every person under age 18 (a birth certiﬁcate, medical card or Social Security Card) • a copy of current proof of residency (this month’s utility bill or rent receipt. Recipients who rent a room will need a letter F Insulate all exposed water pipes. on each of the valves to release pressure in the pipes; drain all of the water out of any irrigation components that might freeze; ✔ Water heater: If you have an electric water heater that is drained be sure to shut the breaker to protect your heating element. Propane water heaters can be turned to “vacation” if they still have water in them. ✔ Upon leaving always shut your water off at the customer shut off valve (located next to the meter), drain your water system and don’t forget to close all interior and exterior valves before leaving. ✔ We recommend using a biodegradable anti-freeze for all water traps and toilets. 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HELP Continued from previous page when funding is available: • utility fund • food pantry • wood for heating • vouchers for dental • vouchers for eye exams and glasses • vouchers for doctor visits • vouchers for prescriptions and OTC medical needs • gas vouchers for medical appointments off the Hill • Idyllwild Children’s Fund Other services include: • referral services for county, state and governmental agencies • For those who are homeless there is a shower, coffee and use of the phone for local business calls during operating hours. • Vouchers also are available for clothing through our Thrift Store. The Duty Captain will contact the warming center coordinator and report the information. The coordinator will determine when to activate the warming center. He or she may also contact one or more volunteers to assist individual residents. Such assistance may include: bringing ﬁrewood to or into the person’s home from an emergency source or from the person’s own wood-pile; helping get a furnace or woodstove going; helping hang blankets or tarps to form a warmer room within the person’s home; and providing a ride to or from the warming center, if activated. One of the most difﬁcult issues to resolve has been that of transportation to and from the warming center. Idyllwild and the nearby mountain communities don’t have public transportation available. Most non-proﬁt organizations don’t have insur- ance to cover their volunteers providing such transportation. The Warming Center Committee is addressing this need by building a list of local individuals willing to volunteer their service and their own vehicles driving people to and from the Warming Center when such help is needed. Any person being driven by one of these volunteers will sign an agreement that they are traveling as a casual passenger in the volunteer’s vehicle and agree to be covered by the volunteer’s insurance in the event of an accident. As at any time of year in the mountains, if you experience a genuine ﬁre or medical emergency or serious auto accident, call 9-1-1. Note, however, that calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone will probably put you through to a California Highway Patrol (CHP) dispatcher, so be very clear where you are and what your emergency is so that dispatchers can forward your information to the most appropriate emergency responders. Prepare Continued from page 1 to reduce heat loss. Even closed venetian blinds will help reduce heat loss. ✔ Close off unused rooms. Don't forget to close off or tape off heater registers in those rooms. ✔ Lower temperatures for thermostats, or have new thermostats that automatically reduce the temperature at night or times when occupants’ absence. ✔ Use an electric space heater if only heating one room. What I recommend to counter the additional electrical cost of electrical heat is to swap out as many incandescent bulbs that are being used heavily with ﬂuorescent or led bulbs. If eight or more 100-watt incandescent bulbs that are on constantly are swapped out, the difference in wattage with a comparable wattage ﬂuorescent bulb in reduced electrical use will nearly cover the cost of using a space heater on low setting. LED bulbs are even more efﬁcient. 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