Preparing for the Predicted 2015/16 El Niño

South San Francisco, CA   November 5, 2015     Submitted by Councilwoman Liza Normandy

~ In anticipation of a very wet predicted “El Niño” weather pattern the City of South San Francisco is taking a prudent stance to prepare for possible significant rainstorms by identifying high-risk trees, inspecting storm drains and culverts, clearing debris to ensure the unimpeded flow of water and more.

For Preparation Tips & Resources from the City website:

Storm Preparation Tips and Resources

Storm Preparation Tips and Resources:
Storm preparations are currently underway in anticipation of a very wet predicted El Niño weather pattern. The City is taking a prudent stance to prepare for possible significant rainstorms by identifying high-risk trees, inspecting storm drains and culverts, clearing debris to ensure the unimpeded flow of water and more.
What should you do to prepare?

Know your zone!

  • Do you live in a flood zone? Find out here: CLICK HERE
  • Do you have flood insurance? Check insurance policies for adequate coverage. Most policies do not cover damage due to flooding.  Plan ahead, there is typically a 30 day waiting period before policies go into effect.  Make copies of all important documents; make sure originals are stored safely somewhere outside of your home (like a safe deposit box).
  • Flood insurance info: CLICK HERE

See water? “Turn Around Don’t Drown“, a message from the National Weather Service.
Tips to prepare you and your home for evacuation: CLICK HERE

Check your propertyhome gutter

  • Clear drains, rain gutters and downspouts of debris.
  • Trim trees and landscaping as needed to ensure that branches and limbs are clear of your structure and clear from overhead power lines (Contact Parks Maintenance if trees have grown over or around power lines on your property).
  • Inspect your roof for any signs of damage or needed repairs. Make arrangements for the repairs before water starts to leak inside your property.
  • Stabilize slopes on your property to prevent mud and landslides.
  • Secure outdoor furniture and other loose items from causing damage during periods of heavy winds.

Use sand bags in areas known for flooding around your propertysand bag how to

  • Residents can receive up to 10 filled or empty sand bags, free of charge courtesy of our Public Works Department.
  • Prior to a storm (generally 48 hours before rainfall) and during regular business hours, sand bags are available to residents, with proof of residency, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Sand bags can be picked up at the Public Works City Corporation Yard located at 550 N. Canal Street.
  • Call (650) 829-3837 for information on sand bag distribution availability, days and hours.

Make plans

  • Make an emergency plan for your family and build a disaster supply kit. Remember that local phone lines may be busy during a disaster, so designate a family member to contact outside of the area.
  • Stock up on food, water and medicine so you don’t have to go out during the storms. This El Niño season is predicted to bring periods of long, back-to-back storms that may make it difficult to run your everyday errands.
  • Don’t forget about your pet’s needs. Stock up on their food and medicine too and make sure their ID tags are up to date.
  • Check on your elderly neighbors to see if they need any assistance with storm preparations.

 

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