Storm Prepardness Tips From LAFD


  • Ensure that all drains, gutters and downspouts are clean and functioning properly. This is especially important for flat-roofed buildings.
  • Keep stormwater drainage systems (pipes, ditches, swales and small channels) free of debris.
  • Move valuable or easily damaged items away from low-lying areas prone to flooding.
  • Closely examine windows, skylights and doors that may benefit from caulking or weatherstripping.
  • Inspect your attic for “leaks” of sunlight, or signs of previous water damage that may indicate where pre-storm repairs are needed.
  • Establish household supplies (bucket, mop, towel and tarpaulin) to minimize damage from sudden leaks or stormwater seepage.
  • Prepare your household to remain safe (battery powered lamps, no candles) and functional (fully charged cell phone, manual garage door operation) in the event of a storm related power outage.
  • Review how to safely turn off your home’s electricwater and natural gas service in the event of severe storm damage, remembering that water and electricity don’t mix.
  • Gather and safely store important documents to take with you in case of evacuation.
  • Put the free Flood Safety App from the American Red Cross on your smartphone.
  • Discuss your Family Emergency Plan and prepare an Emergency Supply Kit that includes food, water, medications, flashlight, battery-powered radio, rain gear and first aid supplies.
  • Confirm out-of-state family contacts so that friends and relatives can determine your location and status.
  • Consider the safety of those with disabilities or access and functional needs.
  • Plan for the needs of pets at home and if you are evacuated.
  • Identify multiple safe routes from your home or workplace to high ground.
  • Have sturdy, sensible shoes with nonskid soles for use in a rainstorm. Pack an umbrella, small flashlight and rain coat.
  • Check your car’s wipers, lights, tire inflation and tread wear to assure safe operation, and keep your vehicle fueled in case power is cutoff to local fueling stations.
  • Monitor local news for the status of streets, highways and transit systems.
  • Be aware of local driving laws, and how to operate your vehicle safely or use public transit in conditions altered by weather.
  • Determine if your home is located in a flood hazard or landslide prone area.
  • Landscape slope areas with plants that are fire retardantwater wise, suitable for erosion control and allow for smart water retention or reuse.
  • Large trees that could threaten your home should be examined by a certified arborist. Confirm that any hillside on your property has been evaluated by a licensed soil engineer.
  • If necessary, consult an engineer or licensed contractor to design or build permanent water and debris control systems for your property.
  • Contact your insurance agent to assure that your flood and storm coverage is adequate and in effect. Confirm the 24-hour contact, policy and claim filing numbers for your insurer(s). Place that information in your mobile phone and keep a printed copy in the glove box of your car.
  • Keep sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber, hand tools and other materials handy for addressing additional stormwater issues.

See the full list of LAFD tips here.

Please note that residents are welcomed to no more than 25 bags…While the City can provide homeowners with empty sandbags and sand to protect their property, the City does not fill, load or place sandbags for individual homeowners.

  • 28 (Porter Ranch), 11641 Corbin Ave, (818) 756-9728
  • 109 (Encino Hills), 16500 Mulholland Dr, (818) 756-8609
  • 106 (West Hills), 23004 Roscoe Blvd, (818) 756-8606
  • 87 (Granda Hills), 10124 Balboa Blvd, (818) 756-8687
  • 88 (Sherman Oaks), 5101 North Sepulveda Blvd, (818) 756-8688
  • 84 (Woodland Hills), 21050 Burbank Blvd, (818) 756-8684
  • 78 (Studio City / Valley Village), 4041 Whitsett Ave, (818) 756-8678
  • 86 (Toluca Lake), 4305 Vineland Ave, (818) 756-8686

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