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Be Storm Ready
February 8, 2017
WET WEATHER IS HERE
A series of winter storms has dropped a significant amount of rain on Solano County over the past few weeks, resulting in localized flooding throughout our community. With more rain in the forecast, there is no better time than the present to get prepared and be storm ready. Consider the following safety tips and information to help keep you and your family safe during the winter storm events.
FLOOD SAFETY TIPS – BEFORE A FLOOD
- Prepare an emergency preparedness kit. Click HERE for sample items to pack.
- Tune into local TV and radio stations for the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
- Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor.
- Disconnect electrical appliances and turn off utilities, if instructed to do so.
FLOOD WARNING – TAKE ACTION NOW
- Move immediately to higher ground. Evacuate if instructed.
- Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. If you see flooding, turn around.
- Keep a close eye on children. It only takes a few inches of standing water for a child to drown.
- Avoid downed power lines. Wires may still have electricity which is very dangerous.
- Continue to tune in to the local radio / TV stations for evacuation and flood announcements.
AFTER A FLOOD – RETURNING HOME
- Return home only when it is safe and you have been instructed to do so.
- Be aware of areas that may have sustained flood damage. Watch out for debris.
- Do not attempt to walk or drive through areas that are still flooded.
- Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground power lines.
RECORD, PHOTOGRAPH AND DOCUMENT DAMAGE
Be sure to record, photograph and document flood damage to your property for insurance purposes. Solano County is working with our Office of Emergency Services (OES) on ways for Solano County residents to submit storm related property damage for data collection and damage cost estimate purposes. More information to come soon.
STAY CONNECTED WITH SOLANO COUNTY / SANDBAG LOCATIONS
- For Solano County emergency information, visit the OES website by clicking HERE.
- Follow OES on Facebook by clicking HERE or searching "Solano County Sheriff."
- Get a list of sandbag locations throughout the region by clicking HERE.