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Posted on: December 27, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Winter Storm Preparedness

Floods Happen Fast

Rain is here. Here are tips to be prepared and safe.

Please avoid unnecessary travel and stay home if possible. If you need to drive, check traffic reports before heading out the door. Slow down, leave extra space between vehicles and watch out for flooding on roadways. Keep both hands on the wheel and leave your headlights on. Do not drive through standing water - turn around, do not drown.

If it is safe to do so, check your property for clogged drains, broken fences, and fallen trees/limbs . See more tips on how to prepare flooding at:

Stay away from downed power lines and report them to 911. See PG&E power outage map for updates or contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5002. Preparing For A Power Outage (PDF) and Preparándose Para Un Apagón in Spanish (PDF).

See Contra Costa County Flood Control District for information on ways to be prepared, including locations for sandbags. 

Register to get emergency alerts via cell phone, email, and landline with the Contra Costa County Community Warning System at On this website, click on "Know Your Zone" to learn in advance what evacuation zone you're in.

See more information on emergency alerts and resources.

Need help and resources? Call 211, text "HOPE" to 20121 or visit

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