Prepare for Winter Storms

Storm season begins in October and ends in March; however it is still possible to have heavy storms both before and after the storm season. The Alameda County Public Works Agency operates under the premise that a catastrophic weather front could impact Alameda County at any time and, therefore, consistently maintains elevated standards of preparation.  

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PREPARE FOR WINTER STORMS AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.

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Sandbag Locations for Residents of Unincorporated Alameda County Only 
If you do not live in unincorporated Alameda County, please contact your City offices for sandbag locations.



You can also sign up for AC Alert, the Alameda County emergency notification system.  Signing up will allow you receive emergency and topical information about flooding, earthquakes, fires and other emergencies occurring in your area. 


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 PREPARING FOR WINTER STORMS

STAYING SAFE DURING A STORM

  • Listen to the RADIO (KCBS 740 or KGO 810) for emergency instructions.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio for the latest storm information.
  • Listen/watch for flood reports and instructions
  • Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if advised to do so.
  • Keep children away from creeks and large drains which can be deadly during storms.
  • Avoid areas subject to flooding
  • Use 911 for emergencies only

STAYING SAFE DURING A FLOOD

  • If flooding occurs, go to higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding.
  • Don't forget your pets.
  • If water rises in your home before you evacuate, go to the top floor, attic, or roof.
  • Do not attempt to walk across flowing streams.
  • Do not walk, drive or swim through flooded areas. They may be deeper than they appear and hold dangerous debris that you cannot see. Swift currents may develop quickly.
  • NEVER try to drive through standing water.
  • If you drive through hilly roads during a storm, watch for road hazards (i.e. washed out pavement, trees, power lines, mud, etc.)
  • Use 911 for emergencies only
  • Respect barricade signs and authorities
  • Do not drive over flooded roads
  • Keep your distance from downed power lines
  • Evacuate immediately if told to do so by authorities
  • Turn off utilities at main switches or valves if instructed to do so
  • Check in and look after children, elderly persons with disabilities and pets
  • If you've come in contact with flood waters, wash your hands with soap and disinfected water.
  • Wait for rescuers to come to you.

AFTER MAJOR STORMS OR FLOODING:

  • Continue to listen to the radio (KCBS 740 or KGO 810) or local television channels for additional instructions from emergency officials and/or local authorities.
  • Avoid disaster areas and obey traffic signage and barricades.
  • Be careful walking around as steps, floors, and walkways may be slippery.
  • Report downed power lines to PG&E immediately.
  • Throw out any foods that have come in contact with flood waters
  • If your home is damaged by the storm, do not turn the gas back on yourself. Call PG&E
  • Do not turn on electricity if you smell gas or if parts of your electrical system have been flooded.

DEVELOP AN EMERGENCY PLAN

Visit www.ready.gov for assistance with personal family emergency plans.

Although flooding is rare in Alameda County, here are some ideas to help you and your family develop an emergency plan:

  • Share contact information (home, business, school, day care) with your family and neighbor(s). Be sure your kids know who to call and how to dial 911 for emergency help. Also keep a designated contact out of state who can be reached by members of your family.
  • Plan ahead: Where will you meet if you're separated? Do you have someone to stay with if you need to leave your home? What will you do with your pet?
  • Pack an emergency kit and make sure every family member knows where it is located. Keep supplies in air-tight or water-proof bags. Keep a portable radio(s) or a hand-crank radio; an emergency supply of essential medicine, eye glasses or other vital support aids; cash, food, and batteries. If you need to leave, will you take important documents or valuables? If you have to evacuate, follow the instructions you are given. Tune your radio to KCBS 740 AM or KGO 810 for emergency instructions. If you cannot leave your home in a flood, move to the highest floor/level possible. Take dry warm clothes, flashlights, your radio, cell phone, a whistle - and your emergency kit.