Storm Safety

Posted on 01/21/2017
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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

To report storm-related issues such as

  • Downed trees
  • Clogged storm drains
  • Flooding
  • Rock, land, or mudslides 

Download the MyLA311 app or visit! 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.