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During the Storm
  • Continue to monitor local news and weather for flash flood warnings, evacuation orders, whether the water supply is safe to drink, or other emergency notifications.

  • Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if advised to do so.

  • If water rises in your home before you evacuate, go to the top floor, attic, or roof.

  • Stay away from any building that is surrounded by floodwaters.                                 aemi-storms_500x359.jpg

  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company.

  • Avoid contact with floodwaters as they may be contaminated or electrically charged from downed or underground power lines.

  • Stay off of the roadways to keep them clear for emergency vehicles. If you must drive, use caution and adhere to any detours, warnings or barricades. If your car stalls in rising waters, leave the vehicle immediately and get to higher ground.

  • Avoid moving water, storm-damaged areas and areas known to be susceptible to flooding. Even shallow moving water can sweep you off your feet. Roadways where floodwaters have receded may be damaged and unstable.

Experiencing a flood can be physically and emotionally draining. Be sure to get enough rest, eat healthy food, set reasonable goals for progress with cleanup, and seek emotional support if you need it. Contact the local Red Cross chapter at (415) 427-8000 for help finding emotional support services.