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Winter Emergency Preparedness

Winter weather can mean heavy rains, snow, floods, power outages, and other unsafe conditions. Following are resources to help prepare now for winter emergencies.

News and Weather Info

For up-to-date weather information including weather alerts and warnings, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) web site: 

Preparedness Can Begin Today…

Three keys to being prepared for an emergency are to have an emergency kit, make a plan, and stay informed. 

Be sure to build an emergency preparedness kit with enough supplies to sustain each member of the household and family pets for at least 72 hours. To learn how to build an Emergency Preparedness Kit, view these short videos from the American Red Cross:

To create a plan, get started with this simple Preparedness Checklist.

Learn more with emergency preparedness guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: www.ready.gov


Winter Driving

Be prepared for traveling during the winter season by properly winterizing your vehicle, putting together an emergency kit for each vehicle, and checking road and weather conditions often.

“Weathering the Storm – Winter Driving Tips” by Caltrans

Road Conditions

For the latest road conditions, contact the Caltrans Highway Information Network:
1-800-427-ROAD (7623) or www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo


Local Resources for Sandbags and Sand

To protect homes and businesses from rising floodwaters, purchase sandbags and sand, refer to this handy guide of local sources.



Learn how to safely turn off your electricity:

For proper shutoff procedures for propane, contact your local gas company.

Power Outages and Downed Power Lines

24-hour Power Outage Information Line: 800-PGE-5002.

If you see downed power lines, leave the area immediately and then call 9-1-1 and PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.