Preparations for El Niño
El Niño has arrived. What is El Niño? El Niño refers to conditions linked to a warming in sea surface temperatures across the equator. The effects of this include unusual weather patterns such as wetter than normal circumstances and heavy rainfall. Meteorologists have been closely monitoring conditions since early 2015 and are now predicting that this could be one of the strongest storm systems to hit San Diego. Although rain brings relief from the drought, it can also create a dangerous situation for San Diego. Increased rain could mean the possibility of flooding and mudslides. Are you prepared? Below are tips and resources to help prepare in the event of a disaster.
PREPARE YOUR FAMILY AND PROTECT YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS
- Create a Family Disaster Plan and Survival Guide.
- Keep yourself and your family safe during a flood watch or warning. Learn what steps to take before, during, and after a flood.
- Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center to understand your flood risk.
- Prepare your home for an emergency.
- Protect your home from flooding. Sandbags are available for residents throughout the county.
- Prevent erosion on your property.
- Prepare your business for an emergency.
- Register with AlertSanDiego to receive emergency notifications via phone, text message, and email.
- Download the SD Emergency Mobile App to get emergency updates, view emergency maps, and get shelter locations.
- Ready San Diego – A resource for emergency preparedness in San Diego.
- Get emergency news updates from the County of San Diego.
- Get storm and road updates from San Diego County Department of Public Works and Caltrans.
- Check weather reports and outlooks for San Diego.
- View streaming video from cameras to see the current state of water crossings in Spring Valley and two other locations.