Winter Weather Preparedness
While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. After drought conditions the last few years, it is likely that Santa Clara County will experience above average rainfall this season due to a strong El Nino.
One of the primary concerns is the winter weather's ability disrupt utilities, including heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. So before winter storms, floods and cold we definitely recommend taking the necessary approaches such as:
Having a car and home emergency kit.
Winterize your vehicle, make sure your car has been checked out for items such as proper tire pressure, antifreeze, and windshield wiper functionality. Make sure you carry chains if driving in the mountains.
You may become isolated in your home. Store a good supply of food, water, and adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services.
Download FEMA’s Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings for a summary of notifications at: www.ready.gov/prepare. Free smart phone apps, such as those available from FEMA and the American Red Cross, provide information about finding shelters, providing first aid, and seeking assistance for recovery.
Please visit the following sites for more in-depth information: