Winter Storm Prepared

Are you ready for winter? Here are some tips that should help you get ready:

Before the Storm

  • Keep important documents like insurance policies in a safe deposit box.
  • Consider flood insurance if you are in a high-risk flood area.
  • Know safe routes from your work to your home.
  • Discuss emergency plans with your family.
  • Pre-arrange a contact person or volunteer to assist you during emergencies.
  • Post emergency numbers near the telephone and in your mobile phone.
  • Store the following supplies at work, home and in your car:
    • First aid kit and essential medicines
    • Food (packages, dried, canned and for special diets)
    • Non-electric can opener
    • Cash (ATMs may not be working)
    • Portable radio, flashlights, extra batteries (stored in a water-tight plastic bag)
    • Drinking water stored in closed, clean containers (allow one gallon per person per day for at least three days)
  • Keep plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber and other emergency building materials handy for waterproofing.
  • Keep your car fueled in the event that filling stations are inoperable.
  • Help prevent storm drain blockages by keeping leaves and other debris out of gutters and catch basins.
  • Just before the storm, empty your holding tank, so you can flush a couple of times, if you loose power.

During the Storm

  • Tune to local radio or television stations for emergency information and instructions from local authorities.
  • Share emergency information you receive with your neighbors.
  • If flooding is likely, and time permits, move valuable household possessions from the floor.
  • If advised by local authorities to leave your home, move to a safe area before access is cut off.
  • Do not try to enter areas blocked off by local authorities.
  • Do not try to drive across a flooded road, you could become stranded.
  • Weather information can be obtained online from the National Weather Service.

After the Storm

  • Stay tuned to designated radio or television stations for information and instructions from local authorities.
  • Avoid disaster areas; your presence could hamper rescues and other emergency operations.
  • Use flashlights not lanterns, matches or candles, to examine buildings; flammables may be present.
  • Avoid downed power lines and broken gas lines. Report them immediately to 9-1-1.
  • Do not handle live electrical equipment in wet areas. If electrical equipment or appliances have been in contact with water, have them checked before use.
  • Do not turn gas back on yourself. Call PG&E and then wait for a PG&E crew.
  • Do not consume fresh or canned foods that have come in contact with floodwaters; they may be contaminated.