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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

Conserve Water

  • 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