I guess “they” (whoever “they are”) are calling it “I guess “they” (whoever “they are”) are calling it “STORMAGEDDON” Sounds pretty scary to California folks. Anyway, they are expecting flooding and high winds, meaning trees falling on power lines. So here are some helpful pointers you might want to consider before the storm hits.
1. Before the storm: Have an emergency plan and a disaster kit, with plenty of flashlights, batteries, food and water in case a power outage lasts longer than anticipated.
2. Keep liter-sized soda bottles filled with water in the freezer. These can be placed in the refrigerator in an outage to keep food cold longer.
3. Keep extra gas in vehicles and have cash on hand — in the event of an outage stores may not be able to take credit or ATM cards.
4. Keep property clean of leaves and other debris that may flow into streets, curbs and gutters, and do not pile yard waste around catch basins. Leave room for street sweepers to collect debris.5. Check that objects around home are secure and can’t be blown away. Bring them in or tie them down. For example, Christmas decorations.
6. Get sandbags from city or county if needed.
DURING THE STORM
1. Be especially careful on the road — a leading cause of death and injury during winter storms is traffic accidents. Keep more distance than usual between cars and adjust speed for conditions.
2. Telecommute or avoid driving during a wet rush hour, if possible. Remember chains for higher altitudes, and notify someone about your travel plans. Never drive through standing water.
3. Gusty winds and strong stormy conditions can cause high surf conditions at the beach. Be especially cautious, stay aware of the surf and never turn your back on the water.
4. Stay warm — the storm is expected to bring cold weather conditions throughout the Bay Area and the Sierras. Dress warmly in multiple layers of lightweight clothing and keep your head covered.IN CASE OF A POWER OUTAGE :
1. Treat low-hanging and downed power lines as if they are energized and extremely dangerous and be aware that trees, pools of water and other objects that may be in contact with lines.
2. Report downed lines to 911 immediately and then notify PG&E at 800-743-5002.3. To prevent fire, use battery-operated flashlights and not candles. If candles are necessary, keep them away from drapes, lamp shades, holiday trees and children. Do not leave candles unattended.
4. Generators should be properly installed by a licensed electrician in a well-ventilated area.
5. Unplug or turn off all electrical appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards when power is restored. Leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns and turn appliances back on one at a time.