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​Are you ready for the next storm?

Here are some easy ways to prepare and tips to keep in mind before the next big storm.

  • Prepare an emergency kit with a flashlight, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food, blankets, warm clothing, first aid kit and other items you might need for several days.
  • Monitor local news and weather stations for updates.
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings from authorities.
  • If you don't have to go out, stay home.
  • Use extreme caution around downed trees and slow down for debris in the street.
  • Treat all non-working traffic signal lights at intersections as stop signs.
  • Avoid all downed power lines and objects touching them. Report downed lines to your local authorities.
  • Keep pets inside and ensure they have shelter from the elements.

​Winter Weather Reads from the Cal OES Newsroom

​Risk of Landslides of​ Rise with Winter Storms

Thirty-six years ago, one of the worst natural disasters occurred in the state of Washington. The major volcanic eruption at Mount St. Helens, caused by an earthquake weakening the north face, killed 57 people and reduced hundreds of square miles to wasteland...continue reading.

​Prepárese Antes de un Desastre​

California es un estado con riesgos de desastre como terremotos, incendios forestales y tormentas – por eso es importante prepararse. Aquí están 10 maneras en que usted y su familia pueden preparar para un desastre...continuar​.

Know Where to Go Pound Sand 

You want to be ready for whatever comes your way, right? Whether it’s curve ball over home plate, a quarterback sneak in a game of backyard football, or an icy patch of snow on your favorite mountain run. OK, putting all sports analogies aside, readiness is crucial to...continue reading.​​



​​​Snow & Ice

When the temperatures drop, snow and ice can create hazardous driving conditions. Here are resources to help. 

​​Road Conditions. Check current conditions with information from Caltrans. 

Winter Driving Tips. Caltrans offers tips for motorists.

​​Live Traffic Cameras. Get a live look before you get on the road.






​Flooding & Rain

Even in the midst of an historic drought, California is still susceptible to flooding, and even more so now after destructive wildfires left many areas in Northern and Southern California with dramatic burn-scarred hills.


​Debris ​Flow

It can take many years for vegetation to regrow in burn areas. Rain over an extended period creates elevated risks for flash flooding and debris flows. Awareness and preparedness is key. 




Strong winds carry th​e risk of downed power lines, trees and other hazards. Be aware of your surroundings and on the lookout for potential hazards. 

​Strong winds are often associated with tornadoes. Though rare, tornadoes do happen in California.

Power outages are common during a wind storm. Learn what you can do if you find yourself in the middle of a power outage. 



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