What You Can Do to Be Prepared!
Get Ready: Stormy Weather Preparedness Checklists
|Photo from 1997-98 El Niño. Used with permission of The Oakland Tribune Copyright© 2015. All rights reserved|
Prepare ahead of time to keep your family, pets and property safe!
View or download Oakland's storm preparedness checklist here.
ESTÉ PREPARADO PARA LAS TORMENTAS. Use esta guía con el fin de prepararse para enfrentarse a las condiciones climatológicas severas como lluvias intensas, inundaciones, ráfagas de viento y apagones.
For Your Family
- Be prepared for flooding, power outages and road closures
- Watch this FEMA video: Family Communications Plan and Emergency Kit
- Make contingency plans for shelter should your home flood or become inaccessible
- Discuss evacuation plans with your family now
- Know emergency procedures and evacuation plans at your children's schools
- Keep 3-7 days of water, food, medicine and other supplies on hand for all family members and pets
- Click on www.Ready.gov for Family Plans, emergency kit lists, and so much more for you and yours!
- Keep your pets safe and warm also, by preparing ahead of time with these tips
For Your Home
- Know your flood risk: Search your address at www.FloodSmart.gov
- Get flood insurance, now! It can take 30 days for policies to take effect. Visit United Policyholders at www.uphelp.org
- Watch this video about flood insurance by KTVU's Bay Area People
- Identify where sandbags and/or plastic sheeting would help protect your home, property or business. Watch the City's videos on How to Create Sandbags and How to Place Plastic Sheeting
- FEMA's FloodSmart Tool Kit
- How to Fight Flooding, by California Dept. of Water Resources
- Check your roof, rain gutters and chimney for holes and clear debris
- Inspect and clean drains around your home and its foundation
- Make sure windows are watertight
- If you rent, discuss any issues with the property manager
- Ensure outdoor lights are working
- Check your fences, your gates and your driveway for sturdiness and clear debris
- Clear your yard of debris
- Secure patio furniture, garbage cans and other items that might move if flooded
- Volunteer to keep a storm drain clear of debris. See information on the Adopt A Drain program below
City Services to Help You Prepare
Adopt A Drain seeks volunteers to help keep storm drains clear of debris. By keeping storm drain inlets clear, you can help prevent flooding during storms. Here are some tips for keeping storm drains clear of debris. Visit www.adoptadrainoakland.com or call (510) 238-7630 to volunteer. Please view the Adopt a Drain flyer for basic information about the program. Click here to watch a City video on Adopt A Drain. Click here to watch a video by KTVU's Bay Area People on the Adopt A Drain Program.
Emergency Sandbags & Plastic Sheeting
We encourage you to get an early supply of sandbags at your local hardware, landscaping or home improvement stores now before supplies are exhausted. Purchasing sandbags and sheeting now means you'll be able to place them before rain and flooding endanger your home, store or property. Watch the City's videos on How to Prepare Sandbags and How to Place Plastic Sheeting.
When heavy rains are forecast, Public Works will provide emergency sandbags (up to 10) and plastic sheeting (up to 20 feet) to Oakland residents and business owners as long as supplies last. Bring your ID to prove residency. Be prepared to fill your own if needed. Pickup locations are:
Municipal Service Center, 7101 Edgewater Drive (Click here for map.)
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
After Hours (at entry gate) 4:30 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Drainage Services Facility, 5921 Shepherd Canyon (Click here for map.)
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
After Hours (at entry gate) 4:30 p.m. – 8 a.m.
Report a Storm-Related Problem
Keep these numbers handy for emergencies. Share them with family, friends and neighbors.
For life threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1 or (510) 777-3211 from a cell phone in Oakland.
For storm-related emergency issues on public property and in the public right-of-way including:
- Trees down on a roadway
- Overflowing storm drains
- Overflowing sewers
Call (510) 615-5566 to reach the Oakland Call Center.
For non-emergency issues on public property, please contact the Oakland Call Center via:
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Online at http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/PWA/Connect/ReportaProblem/index.htm (or for short: www.oaklandpw.com)
- Mobile app: SeeClickFix
For downed power lines or if you smell natural gas, leave the area immediately and then call 9-1-1 or PG&E at (800) 743-5000.
Report power outages online at http://m.pge.com/#outages. Use the online map to view outages in your area.
For water service emergencies (e.g., no water service, broken hydrants, broken water main pipes), contact EBMUD at (866) 403-2683.
Thank you for being our eyes and ears in your community!
How the City is Preparing & Responding
Oakland Public Works crews continue to prepare in advance to lessen storm-related impacts. Public Works is:
- Cleaning storm drains, inlets, and drainage structures
- Inspecting more than 200 City facilities for pre-storm maintenance
- Reviewing and revising disaster plans to prepare for 24/7 response
- Coordinating planning efforts with other agencies in the region, including Alameda County.
We have received hundreds of calls for service since stormy weather began in January 2017. Crews are responding to those calls around the clock, prioritizing incidents where public safety is a concern.
Media Releases, Articles & Other Resources
Instructional Videos from the City of Oakland
Media Releases from the City of Oakland
- Weather-Related Traffic Impacts, Jan. 21, 2017
- Oakland Residents and Businesses Urged to Prepare for Winter Weather, Weekend Storm, Jan. 6, 2017
- Three El Niño Safety "How To" Videos, Dec. 22, 2015
In The News
- What you can do to prepare, KRON 4, December 22, 2015
- Preparing for El Niño: Will Drainage Systems Handle the Deluge of Rain?, KQED, December 10, 2015
- Winter Weather Preparedness, KTVU's Bay Area People, December 6, 2015
- Flood Insurance, KTVU's Bay Area People, December 6, 2015
- Adopt A Drain program KTVU's Bay Area People, December 6, 2015
Videos, Articles & Websites
- National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) website
- Alameda County's El Niño website
- FEMA video teaches children what to do during flooding and other severe weather
- FEMA's when "The Sky Turns Gray" animated preparedness video
- Coastal Commission’s El Niño website with General Checklist for Property Preparedness
- NOAA article about CA Tides and Flooding
City Offers Weather-Ready Workshops
Photo from 1997-98 El Niño. Used with permission of The Oakland Tribune
Oakland residents and business owners are encouraged to participate in one of the City’s Weather Ready Workshops. Participants will learn important information and the steps to take to prepare for severe weather situations including heavy rains, flooding, high winds and power outages. The workshops will highlight the actions to take ahead of time to keep your family, pets and property safe. Click here to read a media release on the Weather-Ready Workshops.
The next workshop will be scheduled shortly. Please check back.
There are three ways to register for a workshop: