01/28/2024 04:08 PM PST

With Rain in Forecast, It is Important to Prepare

Now is the time to make a preparedness plan in the wake of the devastating recent storm and rain in the forecast.

The County Office of Emergency Services asks people to be ready by creating a plan, building an emergency go-kit and signing up for alerts and information. Here’s what you can do. 

  • Review your family disaster plan, or create one if you don’t have one yet.

  • Be prepared to evacuate with only minutes’ notice. Practice evacuating with your family. 

  • Have a go-kit to keep necessary items handy if you had to evacuate., including food and medication.

  • Have contingency plans for different times of the day, such as an emergency while some family members are at work or school. 

  • Check with schools or childcare providers to make sure you are aware of emergency plans and how you will be contacted.

  • In case you are separated during a disaster, discuss where to reunite because phone service may not be reliable during a disaster. 

  • Your pets are part of your family too. Make sure they are microchipped and you have evacuation items for them as well – including crates for small pets. In addition, have evacuation plans for larger animals such as horses or livestock.

Register your –and other family members’– cellphones with AlertSanDiego so that you will all be notified of an emergency affecting your neighborhood. This is especially important if you no longer have a landline at your home. And download the SDEmergency App to receive updates. 


Get free sand and sandbags at locations throughout the County. Sandbags help to divert or redirect water, mud and debris from your property and help prevent soil erosion. 

Information for Those Recovering from Flooding

For those impacted by the recent storm, support and resources are available at the County Local Assistance Center at the Spring Valley Library located at 836 Kempton Street. Flood victims can walk in without an appointment from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The center will act as a one-stop shop for residents who need information on how to recover from the damaging storms. 

Additional storm recovery information and updates are available on the County recovery website.