I can see clearly now…

We’re thrilled to welcome the rain home to the Bay Area. But that doesn’t mean we have to be happy about the problems rain can bring. These resources will help you prepare your home for winter rains, stay safe during storms, and clean-up afterwards.

Before the storm

  • Schedule a roof inspection.
  • Make sure your rain gutter and downspout system is ready to flow.
  • Seal your home’s exterior.
  • Check your storm drains.
  • Keep your gas tank full when storms are expected.
  • Make sure everyone in your family understands your emergency plan.

During the storm

  • Don’t touch downed power lines or objects that are in contact with downed lines.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flooded areas. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from downed power lines.
  • If your power is out, stay safe with flashlights rather than candles.
  • Avoid turning the power on in your home if it’s flooded.
  • If you’ve been told to evacuate, you can text SHELTER plus your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).

After the storm

  • As soon as possible, take photos or video of any damaged property. You’ll need these later for insurance assessments.
  • Clear debris quickly to remove safety hazards.
  • Call your insurance company to confirm coverage and discuss the process of reimbursements.
  • It’s important to do repairs quickly so problems don’t escalate, but don’t just hire the first contractor to come knocking. Do your due diligence (see below) and hire someone reputable.
  • If the storm has been identified as a natural disaster, you may qualify for disaster relief. For next steps, go to www.cfda.gov and use these CFDA numbers: 97.048, 97.049, 97.050.

Some of the information used in this report comes from Ready.gov