Winter weather is coming to California, bringing with it cold temperatures, rain, snow, flooding – and storm winds.
The California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) would like to remind everyone to stay safe during extreme wind events that can happen over the next three months. Strong winds have the potential to cause downed trees and power lines, damage to buildings and vehicles, power outages, and issues on the road, according to the National Weather Service.
Before a major storm hits, make sure your property is secure. Be aware of your surroundings and whether you are at risk for high winds; and keep in mind that high winds and saturated soil can cause trees to be unstable.
Before a high wind event occurs:
- Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures.
- Remove loose roofing material.
- Bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies.
- Secure outdoor objects, such as lawn furniture, umbrellas, or garbage cans that could blow away and cause damage or injury.
- Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors.
Tips to Stay Safe/Plan Ahead
- Sign up for local alerts at Listos California Alerts
- Make a plan and write down important phone numbers and websites of organizations that can help you in an emergency.
- Pack a go bag with things you need, like important documents, cash, maps and medication.
- Build an emergency kit for your vehicle.
- Build a stay box for when you can’t leave
- Check in on your neighbors and friends