Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program
Staying Out Means Staying Alive!
In 2011 the Board of Supervisors declared October 2011 as the first Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Month, and directed the Flood Control District to continue implementation of the Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program. Since that time, the program has produced improved signage, safety brochures, school outreach, community outreach, a safety evaluation, a student created safety video, and Swiftwater Rescue coordination, and more.
As the rains begin, please be aware that water levels will rise in the creeks and channels. The water is cold, swift-moving, and full of debris. Appreciate the great jobs creeks and channels do to protect our community from flooding; protect yourselves and your loved ones – but most importantly,
Our “Stay Out, Stay Alive!” campaign is primarily spread via our annual fall outreach to all schools in the County. We also need your help to spread our message:
-Be aware of fences and warning signs identifying the flood control channels
-Stay out of the channels
-If you see a person in the channel, immediately call 911
-Inform your family members about the Program and it's messages
Outreach Efforts and Programs
Students at Walnut Creek Intermediate School joined forces with the County Flood Control District recently to spread the word about Creek and Channel Safety. Dubbed the Stay Out, Stay Alive! campaign, the outreach effort engaged the schools’ Leadership and Art classes in teaching others about the dangers of local creeks and waterways.
Swift-water Rescuers from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District visited the campus to tell the students how dangerous fast-moving stormwater can be, and to demonstrate how hard it is to pull someone out of a flood channel. Prizes were awarded to the winners of the Art classes’ Stay Out, Stay Alive! poster contest. Winning posters will be hung around the county in high-visibility locations near District flood control channels.
Walnut Creek Intermediate School is a perfect platform from which to share the Stay Out, Stay Alive! message. The school is bisected by the Walnut Creek flood control channel which the kids cross daily via two foot bridges. Furthermore, two former students from the school perished in a flood channel rafting accident in 2011. Flood control channels criss-cross the entire region, and several pass near schools. Because these channels collect run-off from small creeks, some of which are on private property, there are dozens of potential access points. The District has done extensive safety stenciling, signage and fencing to dissuade people from entering the waterways and to forewarn them of the dangers. The Stay Out, Stay Alive! schools outreach campaign helps spread this message each year at the onset of the rainy season by sending safety information to each school in the County and holding special events such as the one held at Walnut Creek Intermediate School.
Typical Program Highlights:
- Creek and Channel Safety Awareness information sent to all schools within the County
- Declaration of Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Month at the County Board of Supervisors meeting
- Annual Creek & Channel Safety Awareness Event at Walnut Creek Intermediate School
- Presentation at County Board of Supervisors meeting recapping Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Month with Winter Preparedness