Leaves Are Falling, Preparedness is Calling


Fall brings change to California, from cooler temperatures, falling leaves to changes in outdoor activities and new hazards. With these changes, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) would like everyone to be aware and prepared this season.

Fall is known to bring new temperatures such as cooler mornings and evenings with warmer afternoons. When planning your apple picking or exploring the crisp mountain air, remember that fall temperatures change quickly.

Use this checklist:

  • Check weather before heading outdoors.
  • Watch for new roadway hazards and children, especially during school hours.
  • Pack extra clothing or blankets to anticipate the changing weather.
  • Have an emergency car kit with items designed to help in an emergency.

Fall can also be a dangerous time for drivers because of rain, less daylight and temperature changes.

Fall means the leaves are changing, these changes could be cause for concern. Fallen leaves can hide roadway hazards like potholes and debris. Fallen leaves can also become wet and cause tires to lose traction. Driving the safe limit and being aware of these hazards can help keep adventures from turning into an emergency.

Car Emergency Kit Supplies

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Being prepared for all emergencies this fall can help keep your family safe.

Additional Resources:

Cal OES Employees Share What They Keep in Their Emergency Car Kits | Cal OES News

Pack a Go-Bag Now to Reduce Stress If Evacuated | Cal OES News

Children Safety this Fall | Cal OES News

Emergency Preparedness Means Preparing our Pets too! | Cal OES News