From power outages to flooding roads, the recent storms have affected everyone. It’s a good thing to have your eye on the weather forecast. Here are some helpful tips to be prepared for storms.
Have an Emergency Kit
Have an emergency supply kit ready to go—you never know when you’ll need to grab one at a moment’s notice. Have a stock of canned foods, water, first aid supplies and battery-powered lanterns. San Mateo County has a comprehensive list of safety supplies, opens a new window.
Where to Find Resources
- Calling 2-1-1, opens a new window will help residents connect with appropriate resources. For example, many locations around the county are offering sandbags free of charge. Sandbags are an effective way to block water from seeping in. Residents may fill up as many of their own sandbags as they need.
- San Mateo County , opens a new windowhas great storm preparedness tips and emergency numbers to call including public works, PG&E and Red Cross.
- Don’t forget to utilize 9-1-1 in case of emergency. San Mateo County reminds residents to call PG&E, opens a new window or 911 to report downed wires or power lines, a power outage, a gas leak or other related emergency.
Did you know there are several designated storm shelters, opens a new window in San Mateo County? Knowing where to go in case of an evacuation is key. Community and resource centers are just a couple of places you can go to charge your phone and connect with services.
As a library, we understand the importance of safeguarding documents and keepsakes that tell a community’s history and story.
- Members of the public who have questions about saving family heirlooms can email, opens a new window the National Heritage Responders, opens a new window.
- FEMA’s Heritage Emergency National Task Force, opens a new window (HENTF) has Save Your Family Treasures, opens a new window guidance online.
Having the proper knowledge of what to do in this stormy weather can be a great help. Check out these books on how to stay ready.