This winter has already been exceptionally wet in San Jose — and with more storms on the horizon, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.
- Monitor the local forecast at the National Weather Service’s website. You can also sign up for Santa Clara County’s AlertSCC program for immediate and up-to-date information from the county’s emergency services.
- Secure any loose outdoor items, and keep sidewalks and curbsides clear.
- Place sandbags in front of doors to divert running water. Free sandbags can be picked up at any of Santa Clara County’s multiple dropoff locations.
- Unplug and elevate electric appliances, if possible.
- Have an emergency supply kit and a plan ready in the event of an evacuation.
- Refrain from driving and stay indoors, especially at night. If you do travel, check conditions on the CalTrans map beforehand.
- Do not walk or drive through flooded roadways.
- Call 911 only for emergencies. Downed trees and street flooding should be reported to 311.
- If you have concerns about a downed tree or fallen limb on your property, the city has guidance on what steps to take.
- Report power outages and other issues to the San Jose Department of Transportation at 408-794-1900, or to PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. If you see downed power lines, stay away, and call 911.
- Lost power, and need a spot to reconnect + recharge? Stop by any of the warming centers around the South Bay, complete with heated rooms, Wi-Fi, and power outlets. Note: Most locations only allow service animals, so check ahead before bringing Fido along.
- In the event of an outage, keep your refrigerator + freezer closed, and disconnect appliances plugged directly into the wall.
- If it appears the road ahead is flooded — especially if it appears to be deeper than 6 in — turn around and try another route.
- Power outage affecting a nearby intersection? If traffic signals are out — or flashing red — treat the intersection as if it was a four-way stop sign.