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Getting Ready for Winter Storm Season

Post Date:11/17/2017 3:30 PM
Are you ready for the winter storm season? Here are some tips to help you prepare for this year's winter storms.

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.
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 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.
The Public Works Department has a supply of sand and sandbags available to help residents protect themselves from flooding. Sand is offered to both residents and merchants from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the City Corporation Yard at 530 Nevada Street. Sand and bags are also available at all hours across from the gym in the MLK parking lot. Access to the lot is from Coloma Street. If the Corporation Yard is closed and there is an emergency, please contact the Sausalito Police Department at (415) 289-4170 to gain access.
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