Winter storms can create havoc in our daily lives. They cause flooding, mudslides and other issues, such as power outages. Take small steps to prepare, survive, and be safe before, during, and after the storm. Help protect yourself and your family during the winter storm season.

If you are in need of sandbags, you can purchase them here and in large quantities here. Please contact your local fire station or CSD if you are in need of sand. Many locations have sand available for the public to fill sandbags. 

Before the Storm

  • Prepare by gathering emergency supplies, making a family plan,
  • and discussing emergency notifications and expectations
  • with your workplace and/or your children's school.
  • Install and/or check the batteries on your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Keep a battery powered radio and flashlight in an accessible location. Acquire extra batteries.
  • If you have access to an outside generator, have an electric cord long enough to keep the generator at least 20 feet from doors, windows and vents.
  • Make plans for how you can avoid driving in extreme weather.
  • Prepare your home and your property for the upcoming storm season; clean out gutters, maintain trees, and inspect and/or repair your roof.
  • Identify if your home is in a flood zone.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions by following local news sources, the National Weather Service, and utilizing a weather radio.
  • Stay indoors and avoid driving as much as possible. If driving is necessary, take emergency supplies with you and drive with extra caution.
  • Do not drive or walk through fast-moving water or flooded areas.
  • If the power goes out, close off unused rooms to consolidate and retain heat.
  • Bring pets inside.
  • Stay tuned to local TV or radio stations to keep up to date on the situation and changing conditions.
  • Never use generators, outdoor cooking equipment, or gasoline or propane heaters indoors.
  • Keep an eye out for storm damage that may cause harm such as broken tree limbs, damaged power lines, etc.
  • Inspect your home for any damage caused by the storm.

During the Storm


After the Storm


 SLO County Public Works maintains real time rain and storm data for areas around the county.


Downloadable Storm Prepardness Fact Sheet