Winter Storm

 

THE MONTEREY COUNTY WATER RESOURCES AGENCY, PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, AND OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES WORK YEAR-ROUND TO HELP PREPARE FOR WINTER STORMS.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BAY AREA ANTICIPATES THAT IN THE 2018-2019 WINTER SEASON, THE MONTEREY COUNTY OPERATIONAL AREA WILL EXPERIENCE WARM AND NORMAL PRECIPITATION WITH ONE OR MORE ATMOSPHERIC RIVERS. TOTAL IMPACTS AT THE END OF THE SEASON WILL STILL FALL BELOW NORMAL.

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Understanding Risks

-WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU, YOUR FAMILY, AND BUSINESS -


Winter Storm Preparedness

- 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 also 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)
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    2. Make a Plan

    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

    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. It is already set up to dial AT&T and Verizon landlines. We encourage you, however, to opt-in to add personal cellphone and e-mail information to ensure you receive emergency notifications in a timely manner.

     SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS TODAY

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    • Alert and Warning Terminology
    • Maintain Your Situational Awareness: At this time, our public works and levee systems are operating as they should, but we do encourage residents to remain on high alert and be prepared for sustained power outages, localized flooding and even evacuations. All of the significant water way in Monterey County are currently experiencing normal conditions. To monitor rivers near your home or business, link here. For preparedness resources, visit: www.ready.gov.


    Emergency Services and Resources

    - 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.

    Direct assistance to individuals and families may come from any number of organizations, for a variety of emergency services.

    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)

  • Winter Storm Recovery

    -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