STORM SEASON SAFETY: During Sustained Heavy Rainfall 


As weather patterns threaten to bring increased rainfall and potential flooding to California, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) wants to remind all residents and communities that it is essential to stay safe during increased rainfall. Storms can bring unpredictable and severe weather conditions, stay informed and follow the guidance of local authorities to navigate the challenges that may arise during this weather event. Staying informed can make a significant difference when it comes to dealing with storm related rains and potential flooding. 


Emergency alerts from county or local officials can notify you quickly about life-saving information. Signing up for these free alerts will notify the community about potential disasters, dangers and emergencies and what to do to stay safe. Find local emergency alerts in your community HERE 


Stay updated with the latest weather forecasts and storm predictions provided by reliable sources such as the National Weather Service, your local news, local or state emergency services and local authorities. Monitoring these sources will help you understand the potential risks and timing of storm related rainfall in your area. Listen to local authorities when told to evacuate.  


Severe weather conditions can create power outages. Sign up for local alerts with your utility company to stay informed about possible power outages and public safety power shutoffs in your area. 


Never attempt to drive, walk or swim through flooded areas. A mere six inches of fast-moving water can knock an adult over and 12 inches of rushing water can carry away most cars. It’s recommended that when you see flooding to turn around, don’t drown. Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide hazards like downed powerlines, trees and more.  

During heavy sustained precipitation, it’s best to limit unnecessary travel. If travel becomes necessary, check for any road closures, adjust your travel route according to road conditions. This is especially important as normal travel routes may be flooded or closed due to dangerous conditions. Keeping your vehicle maintained can also lower any potential risks while traveling. To continue to lower potential risks, increase the distance between cars while driving, keep your eyes on the road at all times, slow down and look out for any standing water. Finally, just like traditional vehicles, there is risk when driving an electric vehicle during any potential storm season. Keep the electric vehicle charged and avoid any flooding or standing water.  


As heavy rainfall continues, make sure to keep your pets close and have pet carriers, food, water and medications ready for their needs in the event local authorities request evacuation. Identify pet-friendly shelters in your area. 


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