03/22/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Weathering the Storm

Today, during Los Angeles' heaviest rain storms in recent memory, I'm in the field with our hardworking and dedicated fire fighters and police officers. In these times of need, we can all count our blessings that the LAPD and LAFD are here risking their own safety to protect ours.

For information related to evacuations, shelters or any other needs you may have please call 3-1-1 or (800) 439-2909. The City stands ready to serve.

We will continue to operate on high alert through the week and are fully prepared for what these rains may bring us.

The fire department is constantly monitoring burn areas for mudslides and debris, and our search and rescue units standing by ready to respond.

And with the help of the Red Cross, we are currently operating two shelters for residents who have been evacuated.

Valley residents can go to the Sunland Park Recreation Center at 8651 Foothill Boulevard, and San Pedro residents are welcome at the Anderson Senior Center at 828 S. Mesa Street, San Pedro.

I'll be following new developments closely and posting new information on my Twitter page.