01/31/2024 10:25 AM PST

County Urging Public to Take Precautions as More Rains Arrive

People are still recovering from last week’s rains and floods. And weather officials are predicting potentially heavy rains starting Thursday. So County officials are urging the public to be safe.

Know your situation. If you don’t have to leave home, don’t. If you can work from home, do so.

If you don’t have to drive, stay off the streets and out of areas that could flood.

“If you live in a flood prone area, take necessary precautions, protect your family and property, have a plan and a go kit so you are ready,” said County Emergency Services Director Jeff Toney.

Other Tips To Stay Safe

  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
  • Stay informed: Monitor the weather and the news.
  • If you haven’t already, register your cell phone to receive alerts.
  • Get local updates at AlertSanDiego.org, download the County emergency app to receive alerts, follow the County on social media and listen to local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions regarding flooding.
  • Evacuate immediately if told to evacuate or if you feel unsafe. In case you are separated during a disaster, discuss where to reunite because phone service may not be reliable during a disaster.
  • If evacuating, disconnect all electrical appliances; turn off electricity at the panel, gas service at the meter, and water at the main valve.
  • Get to the highest level if trapped in a building. Only get on the roof if necessary and once there signal for help. Do not climb into a closed attic to avoid getting trapped by rising floodwater.
  • Have contingency plans for different times of the day, such as an emergency while some family members are at work or school.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you are sick and need medical attention. Wait for further care instructions and shelter in place, if possible. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.