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Get Ready!

Before the storm hits, there are some things you can do to make sure you are prepared.

  • Make an emergency supply kit with flashlights, batteries, water and other essentials in case of a power outage. Keep an extra kit in your car.
  • Stock up on sandbags and plastic sheeting from your local home improvement store. These supplies run out quickly during a storm, so buy them in advance.
  • Clear debris from all roof drains, gutters, downspouts and yard drains around your home or business.
  • Trim trees, especially those with large over-hanging branches.
  • Get familiar with more than one safe route to higher ground from your home and workplace.
  • Read up on your insurance policy. Do you have flood insurance? Do you have enough coverage?
  • Visit Ready San Diego to register your mobile phone and email for emergency alerts and download the San Diego County Emergency App.
  • Designate a relative or friend as an out-of-area contact where family members can check in and relay information if local communication systems are overloaded.
  • Learn alternative ways out of your neighborhood, in case the usual way becomes blocked or flooded.
  • If you have a pet, make sure you have a safe carrier ready.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank at least half full.
  • Know your risk for floods and other storm-related hazards. Review the Carlsbad flood map or check the FEMA flood area map to see if your home or business is located in a vulnerable area.
  • Create an emergency preparedness plan.
  • Learn how to manually turn off your sprinklers to avoid overwatering during a severe storm.