California is expecting it’s worst storm in five years starting late tonight (12/10/14). Many Sonoma County natives are aware of how to weather one of these storms, but since it has been a while since the last big one it is important for the community to be reminded just how dangerous these storms can be.
Knowing road safety, how to prepare your home for a flood, power outages and creating storm kits are all very crucial during a storm. Follow these guidelines to make this storm a safe one for you and your family.
Road Safety –
- Only drive if you have to, if you do have to drive give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and drive slow.
- Drive in the middle lane of the freeway during heavy rain, water tends to gather on the outside lanes especially lanes with wall barriers.
- Never drive through standing water, you never know how deep it can be can it can severely damage your car.
- Fill up your car with a full tank of gas.
Preparing Your Home –
- Trim any big branches that could fall during high winds before the storm hits.
- Have a bucket handy incase of any leaks.
- Have several towels ready to use for any leaks in the ceiling, windows or doors.
- If you are on well and septic, fill up any bathtubs or buckets with water to flush your toilets if the power goes out.
- Friedman’s Home Improvement in Sonoma County is offering 20 free sandbags per customer to prepare for any upcoming flooding.
Storm Kit –
- Flashlights and a supply of batteries to last several days.
- A radio powered battery to listen to weather updates, road conditions and power outages.
- Canned food and non perishable snacks.
- Enough drinking water for your family and pets if you have them, to last a few days.
- Candles and matches/lighters.
- Sanitation items like antibacterial wipes
- First Aid Kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Charge your phone to 100% before the storm hits in case of power outages.
- 24-hour Power Outage Information Line: 800-PGE-5002.
- Red Cross of Sonoma County: (855) 891-7325
- All Emergencies: 911