We are in for another huge storm between January 4-5th, 2023 here in San Carlos CA. It is likely there will be more flooding and very heavy winds. The San Carlos City website does not have a great deal of information about how to best deal with this type of whether, so we’ve included some advice below we hope helps all those in San Carlos CA and in surrounding communities. We sincerely hope that we can avoid the heavy flooding we saw on New Year’s Eve. Below is also the link to the San Carlos CA webpage for how to deal with flooding and the phone number to report flooding emergencies. Good luck everyone, let’s hope the weather report is wrong.
Report flooding emergencies: (650) 802-4140
HELPFUL STORM/FLOODING TIPS
Before the Storm
1. Keep insurance policies, documents and other valuables in a safe deposit box.
2. Know your flood zone designation and your specific flood hazard. Obtain flood insurance if you are in a high-risk flood area. Homeowner insurance policies don’t cover flood damage.
3. Know safe routes from your home and office to high ground.
4. Discuss emergency plans with your family.
5. Plan in advance to assist your neighbors or have them help you. Plan for those with access and functional needs, mobility problems or other disabilities.
6. Obtain sandbags (available at 1400 Broadway St), plywood, plastic sheeting, and other emergency building materials well in advance and keep handy for waterproofing.
7. Store the following supplies at work, home and in your car in accessible locations: First aid kit and essential medicines; food (packaged, dried, canned and for special diets); non-electric can opener; cash (ATMs may not work); portable radio, flashlights and extra batteries (stored in water-tight plastic bag); drinking water stored in closed, clean containers (allow 1 gallon per person per day for at least 3 days)
8. Keep your car fueled in the event filling stations are inoperable.
9. Help keep our creeks and Bay clean by never dumping into a catch basin. Prevent storm drain blockages by keeping leaves and other debris out of streets, gutters and catch basins.
During the Storm
1. Tune in to local radio or television stations for emergency information and instructions.
2. Please do NOT call 9-1-1 unless there is an imminent threat to life or another serious emergency.
3. If flooding is likely, and time permits, move valuable household possessions from the floor.
4. Do not drive across a flooded road – you could become stranded.
5. If your car stalls in rising water, abandon it IMMEDIATELY and seek higher ground if you can do so safely.
6. If advised by local authorities to leave your home or perceive the need to do so, move to a safe area before access is cut off or it is otherwise unsafe to leave.
7. Do not enter areas blocked off by local authorities.
8. Never use a generator inside the house, garage or near windows, as carbon monoxide gas can build up and kill those inside.
After the Storm
1. If you have evacuated, return home only after authorities advise it is safe to do so. Keep tuned to your local radio and TV stations for recovery information.
2. Avoid disaster areas, especially flooded roads and washed-out bridges. Continue to monitor all forms of media to stay informed.
3. Use flashlights – NOT lanterns, matches or candles – to examine buildings; flammables may be present
4. Avoid downed power lines and broken gas lines. Report them IMMEDIATELY by calling 9-1-1 and then 1-800-743-5002 (PG&E).
5. Do not handle live electrical equipment in wet areas. If electrical equipment or appliances have been in contact with water, have them checked before use.
6. Do not use fresh foods or canned goods that have come in contact with floodwaters.
7. Follow local instructions regarding the safety of drinking water. If in doubt, boil or purify water before drinking.
For more information about flood zones, visit https://gis.smcgov.org/apps/publicviewer/
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