Cal OES Reminds Californians of the Importance of Being Flood Prepared


As California preps for another round of wet, windy, and dangerous storms, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) continues to work around the clock to ensure communities have the resources they need to stay safe. 

In particular, following a strong storm that brought wide-spread flooding into the New Year, Cal OES is working closely with Cal Trans and the California Highway Patrol on road closures and public safety. And we’re coordinating with flood experts at the Department of Water Resources to evaluate levees and other flood impacts. 

Through the State Operations Center, we are actively responding to any local government needs, including providing them with any needed supplies, personnel, and equipment. 

As we look to the next few days, another major storm system will hit California with increased rain, snow, flooding and wind. Cal OES is working with local and state partners to ensure they’re prepared for the incoming weather. 

This is an important reminder to all Californians to be prepared: 

  • Have a full tank of gas or your car fully charged and carry an emergency pack that includes a blanket, water, and food.  
  • If you must drive, download the Caltrans QuickMap app or visit to learn up-to-the minute road information on traffic, closures, chain control, and more. 
  • Have a go-bag ready in case you need to leave your home in a hurry 
    • Important documents 
    • Cash 
    • Medications
    • Food, water and clothing 
    • Pet supplies
  • Be prepared for a potential power outage by gathering flashlights and charging devices early. 
  • If using a generator, keep it outside of your home. 
  • Check in with family, friends and neighbors who might need help. 

Before Floods, Mudslides and Debris Flows   

  • Pay attention to local emergency response messaging and heed evacuation notifications immediately. 
  • Sign-up for local wireless emergency alerts sent by authorized government agencies. 
  • Monitor incoming storms, especially if you live in burned areas or downstream/downslope of a burned area. 
  • Make sure you have non-perishable emergency supplies and a disaster supply kit. 
  • Have an evacuation plan in place for you and your pets. 
  • Have a battery-powered AM/FM weather radio and a cell phone to listen for emergency updates and weather forecasts. Don’t forget extra batteries! 
  • Talk to your insurance agent about purchasing flood insurance. 

During Floods, Mudslides and Debris Flows    

  • Remember: local authorities may indicate it is safer for you and your family to shelter in place if flash flooding is not impacting your neighborhood. 
  • Do not walk through moving water – just six inches of water can sweep an adult off his/her feet. 
  • Do not attempt to drive through a flood, debris flow, or into flooded areas. It takes only a foot of water to float or sweep away most vehicles. 

Cal OES continues to work with our partners to ensure the safety of all Californians.