2015 Flood Preparedness Week

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Flood Preparedness

The Napa County Office of Emergency Services (OES) provides information about emergency preparedness, response and recovery; maintains and updates county emergency plans as needed; and trains the community for disasters. 

Anticipated storms may bring heavy rains and flooding to Northern California this winter. Scientists say a number of factors influence the amount of precipitation that will actually fall.

Napa County OES wants you to be prepared for the worst case scenario. This information can help you make informed decisions about how to be safe.


What should you do to prepare? 

  • Check your property
  • Clear drains, rain gutters and downspouts of debris.
  • Trim trees and landscaping as needed to ensure that branches and limbs are clear of your structure and clear from overhead power lines (Contact PG&E if trees have grown over or around power lines on your property).
  • Inspect your roof for any signs of damage or needed repairs. Make arrangements for the repairs before water starts to leak inside your property.
  • Stabilize slopes on your property to prevent mud and landslides.
  • Secure outdoor furniture and other loose items from causing damage during periods of heavy winds. 

    Use sand bags in areas known for flooding around your property. 

  • Most home improvement stores have sand bags for sale.
  • Prior to a storm (generally 48-hours before a storm) and during regular business hours, sand bags are available to residents on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Sandbag locations:
    • Angwin Fire (Volunteer department) – J.R. Rogers (707) 968-7567, 275 College Ave.
    • Napa County Fire, Gordon Valley Volunteer Fire Station #22 – Chief Cindy Black (707) 363-4959
    • St. Helena California Department of Forestry Station (707) 967-1467 (open 24 hours), 3535 N. St. Helena Highway (between St. Helena and Calistoga across from Big Tree Road)
    • Napa River Reclamation District Facility – Penny Wilson (707) 255-2996, 1501 Milton Road
    • City of Napa (Memorial Stadium) – (707) 257-9520, 1340 Menlo Ave. Napa, CA 94558 Sandbags are given out the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., November through March, depending on weather conditions and when flood or flash flood is declared.  This is a self-service program with sand and sandbags provided by the city. Residents should bring shovels and gloves. For more information, visit cityofnapa.org.
    • Town of Yountville – (707) 944-8851, at the corner of Washington and Jackson Streets between the Yountville Park and the Cemetery – only available when a storm watch is issued. 

      Make plans
    • Make an emergency plan for your family and build a disaster supply kit.
    • Remember that local phone lines may be busy during a disaster, so designate a family member to contact outside of the area.
    • Stock up on food, water and medicine so you don’t have to go out during the storms. This El Niño season is predicted to bring periods of long, back-to-back storms that may make it difficult to run your everyday errands.
    • Don’t forget about your pet’s needs. Stock up on their food and medicine too and make sure their ID tags are up to date. Download the free “Finding Rover” app.
    • Check on your neighbors to see if they need any assistance with storm preparations.

      Get connected
    • Get information in a timely manner.
    • Register for Nixle by text your zip code to 888-777.
    • By registering other numbers, you will receive emergency notices directly to your favorite communication devices.
    • Get current information on storm events by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.
    • Register for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to learn more about disaster preparedness, first aid skills, and being a trained responder for your neighborhood. During a disaster, first responders will have other priorities and may be unable to get to you. CERT members are trained to provide assistance to the community during a disaster. 

      Online Resources
    • NOAA El Niño Portal
    • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
    • National Weather Service (NWS) Bay Area weather preparedness
    • NWS Bay Area Twitter 
    • NWS Bay Area Facebook
    • Napa County
    • Napa County Facebook
    • Napa County Twitter