Public Works Department
809 Center Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060
Before the Storm
Store supplies at work, home, and car in handy locations:
- First aid kit and essential medicines
- Food and water (packaged, dried, canned, no cook, baby food and food for special diets)
- Non-electric can opener
- Portable radio, flashlights, and spare batteries (stored in watertight plastic bag)
- Keep your car fueled - if electric power is cut off, filling stations may not be able to operate
- Keep sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber and other emergency building materials handy for waterproofing
- Cash and credit cards
- Keep wrenches/tools handy to shut off gas and water
- Sturdy shoes
Know safe routes from your home or office to high, safe ground.
Teach all family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.
Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment.
Install storm shutters, doors and windows.
Clear rain gutters.
Repair roof leaks.
Develop an Emergency Communication Plan
- In case family members are separated from one another during floods or flash floods (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), have a plan for getting back together.
- Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the “family contact.”
- After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance.
- Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.
- Make sure that all family members know what to do after a flood or flash flood.
- Teach children how and when to call 911, police, fire department, and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.
- Know ahead of time what you can do to help elderly or disabled friends, neighbors or employees.
- If you think you might want to volunteer in case of a disaster, now is the time to let voluntary organizations or the emergency services office know - beforehand.