Wet Weather Safety Tips
Winter storms can mean big trouble for Angelenos who don't prepare for wet weather. Here's what you can do to safely ride out any storm.
Before a storm
- Prepare a basic emergency kit and store it in an accessible place. The kit should contain bottled water, flashlight, extra batteries, and a battery-operated radio or television
- Keep phones charged in case you lose power.
- Clear out debris from rain gutters, drainage channels, and pipes around your home.
- Secure large items like trash cans, toys, and yard decorations that may block street drainage systems.
- Get sandbags. Sandbags are available at select LAFD stations. A full list is available here or by visiting LAFD.org.
To report storm-related issues such as
- Downed trees
- Clogged storm drains
- Rock, land, or mudslides
Download the MyLA311 app or visit MyLA311.lacity.org! Use this app 24/7 to report issues. You can also include photos and geo-tag information with your reports to help crews respond and track reports you've submitted.
If stormy weather knocks down a power line
- Call DWP at 1-800-DIAL-DWP or 911 immediately.
- Assume the line is dangerous; stay away and warn others to do the same.
- Do not remove fallen tree limbs or other debris from power lines. Tree limbs and other objects can conduct electricity that can shock anyone coming in contact with them.
During a storm
- When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Do not go outside if you see lightning or hear thunder.
- Limit non-essential travel and avoid standing flood waters.
- If you encounter a flooded roadway, Turn Around, Don't Drown! Just 6 inches of water can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.