Getting Ready for Winter Storm Season
Post Date:11/17/2017 3:30 p.m.
Are you ready for the winter storm season? Here are some tips to help you prepare for this year's winter storms.Return to full list >>
Before the Storm
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.
- If you live on a hillside, check if your insurance policy covers earth movement or mudslides.
- Know safe routes from your work to your home.
- Discuss emergency plans with your family.
- Sign up to receive emergency notifications from Alert Marin.
- Prearrange a contact person or volunteer to assist you during emergencies.
- Post emergency numbers near the telephone.
- Store the following supplies at work, at home, and in your car:
- First aid kit and essential medicines
- Food (packaged, dried, canned and for special diets)
- Non-electric can opener
- Cash (ATMs may not be working)
- Portable radio, flashlights, extra batteries (stored in a watertight plastic bag)
- Drinking water stored in closed, clean containers (allow one gallon per person per day for at least three days)
- Keep sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber and other emergency building materials handy for waterproofing (see below for information about sand and sandbags available from the City of Sausalito).
- 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 streets, gutters, and catch basins.
- 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.
- 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 and 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.