With residents still recovering from last week’s flooding and another round of heavy rains expected to hit tomorrow morning, the County is urging residents to take precautions.
Take a look at the tips and resources below to help you protect your property and stay safe during this upcoming storm.
1. If you haven’t already, sign up for emergency alerts at AlertSanDiego.org.
2. Pick up sandbags to prepare your property for heavy rain. Links to free pick-up locations are provided below. You may need to bring your own shovel and/or bags depending on the location. It is recommended to call ahead of time to check availability.
Not sure how to best set up your sandbags? Watch this instructional video.
STAY SAFE DURING FLOODS
Provided by the Office of Emergency Services and San Diego Gas & Electric
Evacuate immediately if told to evacuate or if you feel unsafe.
Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
Get to the highest level if trapped in a building. Only get on the roof if necessary and once there signal for help. Do not climb into a closed attic to avoid getting trapped by rising floodwater.
Do not touch any downed power lines or broken gas lines. Report them immediately to the police or fire department.
If evacuating, disconnect all electrical appliances; turn off electricity at the panel, gas service at the meter, and water at the main valve.
Have an emergency go-kit to keep necessary items handy if you had to evacuate, including food and medication. Here’s what it should contain.
Have contingency plans for different times of the day, such as an emergency while some family members are at work or school.
Check with schools or childcare providers to make sure you are aware of emergency plans and how you will be contacted.
Pets: Your pets are part of your family too. Make sure they are microchipped and you have evacuation plans and items for them as well – including crates for small pets. In addition, have evacuation plans for larger animals such as horses or livestock.
For those recovering from last week’s storm, visit AlertSanDiego’s recovery webpage for a full list of resources.