Winter Storm

 2020 Winter Storm Outlook


-What this means for you and your family -

  • CalOES MyHazards: Find out if your home or business is located in a flood prone area by typing in your address in the MyHazards map. 


- What to do before the storm -

As the seasons change, so does our exposure to different risks. The winter season in California is our rainy season which means the potential for flooding and freezing temperatures. The Monterey County wants you to be prepared for the winter so we put together the following resources to help guide your preparedness efforts at your home or business. 

1. Prepare Your Home

Residents in flood prone areas should remember to clean their storm drains, clean leaves as they fall, and have items like shovels, boots, raincoats and sandbags on hand. In the event of projected flooding sandbags are available to Monterey County residents and businesses at various locations. Some assistance may be available but residents should bring shovels and plan to fill and load the bags themselves.

  • How to Use Sandbags to Protect Your Home
  • Army Corps of Engineers Sandbag Pamphlet Handy information from the Army Corps mostly related to levees
  • Pick Up Sandbag Supplies (Map)
  • Sand Stock Pile Locations (PDF)
  • Sandbag Distribution Locations (PDF)

    3. Build a Kit and Resources

    The Monterey County wants you to be prepared for the winter so we put together a list of some items to have in your disaster preparedness kit:

    • Blankets or sleeping bags
    • Flashlights with extra batteries
    • First Aid Kit
    • Non-Perishable Food
    • Water
    • Local Maps

    The items above are a good start for disaster kits. For a full list of go-kit supplies, click here

    4. Stay Informed

    • Alert Monterey County: The County's opt-in emergency alert and warning system, Alert Monterey County, enables officials to provide essential information quickly when there is a threat to the health and safety of residents. ALL residents and businesses should opt-in to add cellphone and e-mail information to ensure you receive emergency notifications in a timely manner. Register here.
    • Nixle : Nixle is a Community Information Service dedicated to helping you stay connected to the information that matters most to you, depending on your physical location. Text your zipcode to 888777 for mobile alerts.
    • Maintain Your Situational Awareness: OES encourages residents to remain on high alert and be prepared for sustained power outages, localized flooding and even evacuations during storms.  To monitor rivers near your home or business, link here


    - What to do during the storm -

    Monterey County encourages you to maintain awareness of current hazards that may have an impact to you. This includes: monitoring river and watershed statuses; awareness of current alerts and warnings regarding flooding and evacuations; awareness of emergency resources and services available to you, such as emergency shelters.

    If you are experiencing an emergency please call 9-1-1. Call 2-1-1 for disaster services information or select the following links:

  • River and Watershed Status 
  • Weather Forecasting 
  • Alerts and Warnings - The National Weather Service issues flood watches and warnings; evacuation information will either be sent through Alert Monterey County or in person from first responders. Do not wait for alerts or warnings if you feel that your life is in danger. 
  • Power Outages
  • Guidelines for Food Safety During Temporary Power Outages
  • Safety in a Power Outage - English
  • Road Closures (Select "Road Closures" Tab)
  • Sandbags (Select "Sandbags" Tab)
  • Emergency Shelters (Select "Emergency Shelters" Tab)


    -What to do after the storm-

    Click on any of the following links to download important information about how to safely deal with flood clean-up, power outages & food safety. For general precautions and information regarding: water quality, food safety, clothing & upholstered furniture, building & structures, retail food facilities, household hazardous waste, swimming pool & spa safety, and mosquito & vector control – click here.

    1. Report Damage

    2. Clean Up and Debris Removal

    3. Repairs and Recovery