Cal OES Preps Flood Fighting Resources, Materials as Winter Storm Arrives


As a significant winter storm impacts parts of the state, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is proactively coordinating the prepositioning of flood fighting resources and materials to be available if needed.


About the storm

Widespread precipitation will mainly be confined to northern and central California through Friday, before spreading into southern California beginning Saturday. Another round of storms is possible for much of next week, bringing additional precipitation to the state.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento warned about difficult travel conditions in the mountains, as well as the possibility of rockslides and mudslides in canyons and steep hillsides with runoff, including mud and some debris, due to prolonged rainfall.

River and urban flooding caused by excessive and steady rainfall will be possible across coastal areas.


Prepositioning resources

  • Sandbags (each): 3,706,000
  • Plastic (rolls): 10,051
  • Stakes (each): 345,150
  • Twine (cases): 3,763
  • Buttons (each): 705,603
  • Super Sack (each): 19,950
  • Muscle Wall (each): 3,632
  • 24” Rock (ton): 400,209


State Operations Center

The State Operations Center (SOC) is operating 24 hours a day in support of Cal OES Regional and county Emergency Operations Centers. The SOC serves as the central point of coordination for resources that will directly assist the areas affected.