From alerts to sandbags, how to prepare for Hilary
As Hilary heads closer to Southern California, here are some things you can do to prepare
As Hilary heads closer to Southern California, here are some things you can do to prepare:
- Sign up for emergency alerts at readysandiego.org/alertsandiego.
- Check on unsheltered neighbors, and bring your pets indoors.
- Secure outdoor furniture, potted plants, garbage cans and the like, and trim trees that could fall and hit your home.
- Clean storm drains and gutters.
- Stockpile sandbags. Find them at these locations in the city of San Diego, other cities and unincorporated areas.
- Locate your utility shutoffs in case you need them.
- Prepare for long power outages. Charge everything in case you lose power. If you have a generator you plan to use in the event of a power outage, know how to operate it safely.
- Gather food, water and medicine. Fill jugs or pots with water, and fill necessary prescriptions.
- Be prepared to evacuate immediately. Know where you will go and know your evacuation route.
- Avoid beaches, which could be vulnerable to storm surge and powerful currents, and coastal bluffs, which could be vulnerable to collapse.
- Avoid driving during heavy rains. If you must, drive more slowly, use your headlights, keep extra distance and never drive into standing water flooding a roadway.
- Report downed power lines or gas emergencies to San Diego Gas & Electric at (800) 411-7343.