Be Safe on the Road
- Driving on a flooded road? Turn around don’t drown (2 feet of water can sweep your car away)
- Allow extra space between cars
- Turn on headlights
- Keep your gas tank full
- Keep the windshield clear
- Slow down
- Be more observant
- Power outages may impact traffic signals; treat all intersections as four-way-stops during and outage
- If a power line falls across your car while you are driving, stay inside and continue to drive away from the line; do not accept help from anyone other than emergency personnel
Stay Safe At Home
- Downed and dangling wires can electrify puddles, wet grass and the surrounding area (and they don’t always spark or hum); if a line is down in your yard, remain indoors and call 911 immediately
- Beware during flooding; just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down
- Keep flashlights handy in case power goes out
- Keep your phone and other devices powered on and consider a portable charger as a back-up
- Watch out for loose debris
- Secure items loose items and outdoor holiday displays before strong winds
- Have an evacuation plan and an emergency kit if you live in a wildfire burn area; when rain falls in burn areas, the ground cannot absorb the water, so it flows downhill and may pick up topsoil as it goes
- Learn about flood preparedness
- Turn off your sprinklers and any outdoor irrigation systems when rain is expected
- Keep your irrigation turned off for at least two days after it rains; you don’t need to begin watering again until the top two inches of soil are dry
- Consider collecting rainwater for future outdoor watering
- More tips for saving water when there’s rain in the forecast at http://saveourwater.com
Tips from our Recreate Responsibly
- Know Before You Go – Some areas are seasonally closed or have limited hours, and many places become dangerous with winter weather. Research your destination, weather, and road conditions prior to your trip.
- Plan and Prepare – Know your limits and your gear. Pack extra layers, waterproof clothing, and safety equipment or beacons for the backcountry. Have a Plan B in case you can’t access your destination.
- Build an Inclusive Outdoors – Everyone deserves to experience a winter wonderland. Be an active part of making the outdoors safe, accessible, and welcoming for all identities and abilities.
- Respect Others – From mountain tops to shores to prairies, parking can be in short supply in the winter. Park only in safe and legal spaces. Learn to Ski Kind or Tread Lightly when skiing, riding, or traversing off-road.
- Leave No Trace – Respect the land, water, wildlife, and Indigenous communities. Follow the Leave No Trace Winter Use Principles.
- Make it Better – Keep our winter playgrounds clean. Pack out any human or pet waste. Consider your responsibility to take action to protect our climate–today’s snow is tomorrow’s water.