Are you prepared for the next big storm?

Dec 8, 2014 9:14 PM

Are you ready for the "Big One"?
Not an earthquake -- but the next big storm.
The National Weather Service has issued flood and high-wind advisories for the North State, including Shasta County.
In light of that announcement, the Shasta County Office of Emergency Services has its own message it wants to send to the community.

After the rain pounded the streets of Tehama county last week, the Shasta County Office of Emergency Services isn't taking any chances.

"You wanna be prepared for a long-term power outage and so having extra blankets, food, water..."

Don't forget flashlights and batteries, too.
Sgt. Sandbloom says if you absolutely have to be outdoors during a storm, you should avoid driving or walking near any creeks or high water.

"There's a lot of debris that could potentially snag and hold you also need to make sure your vehicle is in good working order...your windshielf wipers should be new and working, you've got tires with good tread on them..."

Most importantly, check for the latest road conditions and always stay in communication with family and friends when you hit the road.

"Road flares, maps, GPS, cell phones, making sure the car is fueled...just in case you end up stuck on the side of the road."

If a natural disaster like a flood does hit -- the Shasta County Sheriff's Dive Team will be ready to take action.

"The dive team trains for swift water rescue, so if there is flooding and somebody tries to pass through the creek or a low-lying road where the water is overflowing and they could get stuck, the dive team is equipped to handle that."

According to the National Weather Service, Redding is expected to get anywhere between one and three inches of rain from the storm later this week -- and gusts up to 65 miles per hour, making for one potentially dangerous storm.

"With bad weather you wanna slow down because you never know what kind of hazard could be around the corner."

If you want to be extra cautious and play it safe to avoid any flooding, the Redding Corporation Yard on Old Airport Road is a designated site handing out sand and sandbags -- just make sure to bring your own shovel.


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