Preparing for a Del Norte County Winter Storm
When the forecast calls for high winds and heavy rain, we need to be ready for the results of that storm such as power outages, trees down, rising river levels and mud slides. Keep reading to learn more about these dangers. It’s important for you to prepare your home and family to keep them safe.
Stay informed – Stay aware of changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Have a battery-powered radio with a weather band so you can hear emergency information when the power is out.
Make a plan – Discuss and document an emergency plan with those in your care. Develop a family emergency plan that includes alternative arrangements should the need arise to leave your home. Make provisions for special needs of any family member such as the elderly, disabled, medically affected or infants. If you are dependent on electric-powered medical equipment, you are encouraged to seek alternate arrangements in the event that your electric service is interrupted.
Make a list of emergency phone numbers and keep a personal telephone book and one corded phone or a cell phone on hand.
Build an emergency kit – Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care. Remember supplies for children, those with special needs and pets.
Keep the following items readily available:
o Flashlights – not candles
o Fresh batteries
o Battery-operated clock radio
o Corded land- line telephone
o Fully charged cell phone
o Non-perishable foods
o Water – one gallon of water per person and pet per day for at least three days.
o First aid kit
o Local maps
Keep fuel tanks in your vehicles full in the event a power outage affects service to neighborhood gas stations. For customers who rely on well water, filling a bathtub with water in advance of severe weather is strongly encouraged.