Create a small dam or wall using sand bags to block or divert floodwater.
As a general rule, you will need about 10 to 25 filled bags at a minimum for each area.
Sandbags should be stacked similar to a brick wall, using a staggered pattern.
Build your wall at least two bags high.
Removing sand from the beach is illegal and harms the beach environment.
Purchase sand from local nurseries and building supply companies. Filling bags with soil will not create an effective barrier. “Sandless sandbags” are also available online or at some home improvement stores.
To report flooding, call 760-931-2197. This line is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For emergencies threatening public safety, property or the environment, immediately call 9-1-1.
Stay or Go?
During a severe storm, you may receive alerts from the National Weather Service about changing weather conditions in the community. If you get an alert, check the city’s website and social media channels for further instructions. You could also be asked to evacuate to a safe location or “shelter in place,” meaning stay where you are.
Monitor local media and the city and county websites for evacuation instructions. Sign up for Alert San Diego to receive information directly to your cell phone and email.
Officials will determine the areas to be evacuated and the routes to use. Follow their directions promptly.
You will be advised of potential evacuations as early as possible. You must take the initiative to stay informed and aware.
Listen to your radio/TV for announcements from law enforcement and emergency personnel. Local emergency radio stations are KOGO-AM 600 and KLSD-AM 1360.
Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.
You may be directed to temporary meeting areas to await transfer to a safe location.
Shelter in Place Tips
There may be times when local authorities recommend “sheltering in place,” which means staying put in a safe, indoor location. Some general tips for sheltering in place during a storm include:
Bring your family and pets inside.
Lock doors, close windows, air vents and fireplace dampers.
Stay away from windows.
Get out your emergency supply kit.
Check on food and water supplies. Based on the expected length of the emergency, figure out how to make them last for the duration.
Monitor local media and the city’s website for updates and instructions.
Establish an emergency Personal Support Network, including caregivers, coworkers, family and friends, who can assist in an emergency.