Recommended Storm Preparations
Severe storms can cause flash floods, mudslides, high surf, and stream and creek flooding, and can interrupt water, gas, and electricity. Prepare for a storm before it arrives.
- Be sure you have first aid and critical medical supplies on hand, such as prescription medications or insulin.
- Be sure you have safe drinking water and food which requires little cooking and no refrigeration in case utilities are interrupted.
- Be sure that your portable radios and flashlights are working and that you have extra batteries.
- Purchase emergency materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber at local lumber and hardware stores ahead of time.
- Fill up your car; filling stations may not be able to operate if electricity is off.
- Check to be sure you have the necessary tools and know where and how to shut off the water, electricity, and gas at the main switch valves in your home.
- As much as possible, avoid traveling during the storm. If you must go out, do not try to cross a flowing stream where the water is over your knees, and do not try to drive over a flooded road. If your vehicle stalls, abandon it and seek safety.
- Beware of downed power lines and broken gas lines.
- Check with local media for weather and flood information.
- The following signs may indicate a dangerous situation: ground cracking parallel to a slope; evidence of ground movement such as a slumping or bulging embankments; sloping floors within the house; doors and windows sticking; bowing or leaning retaining walls and sink holes adjacent to or near the house foundation.