Andrew Freeborn

February 2023 Winter Storms

Recent storms have moved through Kern County impacting roads, utilities, and communications. During these storms the Kern County Fire Department increased staffing. Working alongside KCSO Search & Rescue and the Kern County Roads Department much has been accomplished. Emergency operations have continued while also completing many welfare checks, hazardous condition, and public service calls. Many roads have been cleared, with a priority placed on first clearing roads that gave access to crews working to maintain or restore critical infrastructures such as power and communications.


Many stories have come out regarding the efforts made by neighbors on behalf of each other. Assisting with welfare checks, providing firewood, food, water, and fuel. These are to be commended for their fine efforts, as well as those working to provide emergency agencies with the information needed to coordinate community assistance.


With another wave of harsh winter weather forecasted, we encourage all to analyze their personal situation and plan accordingly. Please note the following preparedness reminders.

  • Monitor weather updates.
  • Keep a minimum of several days worth of nonperishable food and water on hand.
  • Prepare for power outages by keeping flashlights readily accessible.
  • Fill standard and reserve fuel containers to ensure backup power can be maintained.
  • Use extra warm clothes and blankets to stay warm.
  • Avoid traveling in extreme weather.
  • Sign up for emergency notifications at


Preparation is the key. The difference between being inconvenienced or finding ourselves in a dangerous situation often comes down to the level of personal preparedness for inclement weather.

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