10 Things to do to Prepare for a Storm

  1. Get Connected. Sign up for the AlertOC and Nixle notification systems. Follow the City on Twitter and like us on Facebook to stay informed and join the discussion about storm-related issues.
  2. Clean your gutters and trim your trees. Drought-stressed trees may be more likely to shed limbs during severe storms. 
  3. Stay informed on up to date weather information. 
  4. Plan for a power outage. Know where your flashlights and spare batteries are. Be sure your 72-hour emergency kit is stocked in case there is an extended outage.
  5. Plan for flooding. Keep sandbags on hand to control flooding around your house. They are available at Laguna Beach fire stations. They're free, however you must provide your own sand. If your business has a flood gate, be sure you know where it is and how to use it.
  6. Have an evacuation plan and an evacuation list so you know what to grab if you have to leave in a hurry.
  7. Make a family emergency plan in case you're not together when a storm hits or authorities issue a flood warning.
  8. Keep important numbers written down in your wallet in case you are separated from your phone. 
  9. Make sure your car is rain-ready. Check your tires, car battery, headlamps, and windshield wipers. Keep your gas tank full.
  10. Talk to your neighbors. Know their plans, too, so you can help if necessary. Elderly neighbors, those with small children, or disabled residents may need extra help in severe situations.