Anticipated storms may bring heavy rains and flooding to Northern California this winter. Scientists say a number of factors influence the amount of precipitation that will actually fall. Napa County Office of Emergency Services (OES) wants you to be prepared for the worst case scenario. This information can help you make informed decisions about how to be safe.
How to Prepare
- Check your property
- Clear drains, rain gutters and downspouts of debris.
- Trim trees and landscaping as needed to ensure that branches and limbs are clear of your structure and clear from overhead power lines (Contact PG and E if trees have grown over or around power lines on your property).
- Inspect your roof for any signs of damage or needed repairs. Make arrangements for the repairs before water starts to leak inside your property.
- Stabilize slopes on your property to prevent mud and landslides.
- Secure outdoor furniture and other loose items from causing damage during periods of heavy winds.
Use sand bags in areas known for flooding around your property.
- Most home improvement stores have sand bags for sale.
- Prior to a storm (generally 48 hours before a storm) and during regular business hours, sand bags are available to residents on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Sandbag locations
- Make an emergency plan for your family and build a disaster supply kit.
- Remember that local phone lines may be busy during a disaster, so designate a family member to contact outside of the area.
- Stock up on food, water and medicine so you don’t have to go out during the storms. This El Niño season is predicted to bring periods of long, back-to-back storms that may make it difficult to run your everyday errands.
- Don’t forget about your pet’s needs. Stock up on their food and medicine too and make sure their ID tags are up to date. Download the free “Finding Rover” app.
- Check on your neighbors to see if they need any assistance with storm preparations.
- Get information in a timely manner.
- Register for Nixle by texting your zip code to 888-777.
- By registering other numbers, you will receive emergency notices directly to your favorite communication devices.
- Get current information on storm events by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.
- Register for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to learn more about disaster preparedness, first aid skills, and being a trained responder for your neighborhood. During a disaster, first responders will have other priorities and may be unable to get to you. CERT members are trained to provide assistance to the community during a disaster.