From county supervisor Dave Corteze.
As Santa Clara County braces for a strong winter storm, I’d like to remind you of steps you can take to prepare for heavy rain and high winds in the next couple of days and throughout the rainy season. This storm is expected to cause travel difficulties, dangerous conditions in areas near water, the potential for flooding and downed trees and power lines across the Bay Area.
The County Office of Emergency Services urges you to:
Stay informed during hazardous weather conditions, and listen to your local radio or TV stations for watches, warnings and the latest information bulletins. You can also check the National Weather Service forecasts at http://forecast.weather.gov/zipcity.php
Flood / High Wind Watch means it is possible that flooding or damaging winds will occur in a specified area. Stay away from rising waterways, such as creeks and rivers.
Flood / High Wind Warning means flooding or damaging winds are occurring or are imminent in a specified area. Move to safe ground and stay away from large trees and utility poles.
Be extra alert while driving, and do not drive through flooded areas. The road may be weakened and even shallow rushing water can lift and move a car.
Have batteries and flashlights on hand in the event of extended power outages.
Filled and unfilled sandbags are available at more than 20 locations throughout the county. Click here for a map.
From PG&E and the City of San Jose:
If your power goes out, PG&E advises you to check to see if your neighbors have power. If the outage is beyond your home, report it by calling 1-800-743-5002. You can also use that number to check for updates or visit their webpage for an outage map. If you see downed power lines, leave the area immediately and call 9-1-1 or PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.
To report storm-related issues in San Jose, call the Department of Transportation's 24-Hour Emergency Dispatch Center to report sewer back-ups, storm flooding, missing or damaged traffic signs, potholes, malfunctioning traffic signals, broken tree limbs and other non-life threatening emergencies. Call 408-794-1900 weekdays or 408-277-8956 at all other times