Extreme weather including winds, rain and coastal storm surges are likely to bring widespread impacts throughout Santa Cruz County, with downed trees, slope failures, road impacts and power outages likely.
During weather events, County emergency management staff stay in close contact with partner agencies including public safety agencies, the National Weather Service, Caltrans and PG&E. PG&E is expected to locate additional resources within Santa Cruz County to help address downed wires and outages.
Please use the resources below to prepare for and stay informed during extreme weather events. If you need additional assistance, call 211.
- For a printable storm preparedness checklist, click here.
- Sign up for CodeRed emergency alerts, click here.
- Know your zone! Look up your evacuation zone at https://aware.zonehaven.com/search.
- Make a family emergency/evacuation plan https://www.ready.gov/plan and check on your neighbors.
- Fuel up your vehicle and generator. Resupply fuel backups if needed.
- Make sure you have enough food and supplies for extended outages, including dry and canned goods.
- Plan for home heating without power.
- Charge your devices including cell phone, tablet, laptop and recharge any backup chargers.
- Secure outdoor items that may blow away in high winds including patio furniture
- Use sandbags to mitigate flooding on your property; For a list of sandbag locations in unincorporated parts of the county, click here.
- For more information on weather and disaster preparedness, click here
- Stay tuned to trusted news sources (County and local agencies, KSBW, KION, KAZU, KSQD, Sentinel, Good Times, Lookout, etc)
- Avoid flooded roads, and never try to drive across a flooded road
- Do not attempt to drive over or otherwise disturb PG&E wires.
- Saturated soils mean slopes may fail. Be aware of your property and your environment.