Storm Season Safety Tips
When storms are predicted, driving conditions can be dangerous, flooding is possible, and localized power outages may affect your electricity. As we head into the storm season, here are a few tips to help with safety both on and off the road when heavy rains and high winds are expected:
On the road:
- Always give yourself more time for travel, and only drive if necessary during inclement weather.
- Keep your vehicle well maintained including tires, windshield wipers, fluids and lights.
- Practice safe/defensive driving techniques to decrease accident risks.
- Don’t approach, drive over, or touch downed power lines. Assume they are energized.
- Don’t drive into water that is high enough to reach the undercarriage of your vehicle.
- Avoid parking your car under large trees as branches can fall and damage your vehicle.
- Keep an emergency kit handy in your car.
- Make an emergency and communications plan with your loved ones.
- Keep emergency supplies handy in your home and place of business.
- Clean out your gutters. Keep drainage channels and pipes free of obstructions and debris.
- Consider purchasing flood insurance. Call 1-888-FLOOD29. Most homeowners insurance does not cover flooding.
- Acquire and use sand bags before it floods.
- Prepare your home when high winds are expected by securing outdoor furniture, trash cans, and other loose items.
- Sign up to receive emergency alerts from AC Alert and PG&E.
Check out the City’s storm preparedness web page (www.cityoflivermore.net/storm) to see where sand bags are available, who to contact for storm-related issues such as downed trees or power lines, and to find out if you live in a floodplain.