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Are you storm ready?

Author: Office of Emergency Services (OES)
Date: 12/16/2019 8:07:29 AM

Storm season is here! Use these tips to plan ahead for potential storms that may soon arrive in SLO County.


With recent rain events in San Luis Obispo County, we want to remind residents, businesses, and others to plan ahead of potential storms that may soon to arrive in our county. When the National Weather Service and various private weather information providers are consistent in reporting rain forecasts, we should all be prepared.

Take Precautions:

  • Get sandbags if you live or work in flood prone areas or who otherwise think their home or business could be flooded should obtain sandbags ahead of time, many local equipment and feed and supply stores carry sandbags. Get sandbag information on ReadySLO.org.
  • Be prepared for power outages and fully charge radio and cell phone batteries; ; fully charge back-up batteries for portable radios, cell phones, and flashlights;
  • Check roof drains to make sure they are clear;
  • Stockpile needed emergency supplies;
  • Get as well prepared as possible. Get more general storm preparedness information at www.ReadySLO.org/Storms. Follow County Office of Emergency Services on Twitter (@slocountyoes) for preparedness tips and real-time emergency information.

Do not count on emergency response agencies, such as fire departments or public works to be available to assist during times of significant weather events, as they may not have the resources available for non-immediate emergency needs and may have to prioritize responding to emergencies.

All county residents and visitors should be aware that no area is immune to flash flooding, including urban areas. Heavy rains can result in flash flooding that can inundate cars and cause considerable damage. Water levels in small streams and empty riverbeds may rise quickly in heavy rainstorms and flash floods can begin before the rain stops falling. Flash floods can move at very fast speeds, and with incredible force.

Listen to radio and TV stations and check online Internet sources for updated weather information, including flash flood watches and warnings. Also consider buying a weather alert radio, which can be used to receive urgent weather messages.

Some actions to take during storms and after a flash flood warning include:

  • Get out of areas subject to flooding, including low lying areas;
  • Avoid flooded areas and high flow areas;

Do not drive through flood areas. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.