DURING THE STORM
- Monterey Peninsula Sandbag Sites - CALL FIRST - (note: sand and bags available but you must fill yourself)- Station No. 11 – 600 Pacific Street, Monterey (831) 646-3905- Station No. 12 – 582 Hawthorne Street, Monterey (831) 646-3906- Station No. 13 – 401 Dela Vina Avenue, Monterey (831) 646-3907- Carmel Youth Center - Torres Street & Fourth Avenue, Carmel (831) 620-2000- Pacific Grove Fire Station - 400 Pine Avenue, Pacific Grove (831) 242-8733
- Monterey County Road Conditions and Closures
- PG&E Electric Outage Center & Storm Safety - including outage map, contact info, outage preparedness and more
WHAT IS THE CITY DOING TO PREPARE?
When a major emergency happens within city limits, the City of Monterey will likely open its Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC is located in a secure facility where City departments can work closely together to coordinate the emergency response, allocate resources, and support management of the incident. City staff conduct regular training drills to prepare for various emergencies, including storms.
If the EOC is activated, the latest information on the situation will be posted on the City website, as soon as it is available. The City will also use the media, Alert! Monterey County, Twitter and other methods to get information out quickly to the public.
- Have battery-operated flashlights and radios with fresh batteries ready. Listen for updates on storm conditions and power outages.
- If you have a telephone system that requires electricity to work (such as a cordless phone or answering machine), plan for alternate communication - have a standard telephone handset, cellular telephone or pager ready as a back up.
- If the situation creates a power outage, please tune your radio to: Radio 1610 AM - Your Information Station The recorded message is updated regularly during emergency situations.
Stormy Weather Safety Tips
- Treat all downed power lines as if they are "live" or energized. Keep yourself and others away from them. Call 911, then notify PG&E at (800) 743-5002.
- Use battery-operated flashlights, not candles.
- Customers with generators should make sure they are properly installed by a licensed electrician. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger to our crews.
- Unplug or turn off all electric appliances to avoid overloading circuits and fire hazards when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.
- Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if you can and call the gas company from a neighbor's home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
- If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. If you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker, call an electrician first for advice.
- If you suspect sewage lines are damaged, avoid using the toilets and call a plumber. If water pipes are damaged, contact the water company and avoid using water from the tap. You can obtain safe water by melting ice cubes.
BEFORE THE STORM
- Sign up for Alert! Monterey County to receive emergency notifications
- Ready.gov Flood Preparedness Tips
- Make a Plan: Ready.gov Emergency Communications Plan Tips & Templates
- Be Informed: Ready.gov Emergency Preparedness Tips
- Build a Kit: Ready.gov Emergency Supply Kit Tips
- SPCA for Monterey County: Emergency Preparedness for Pets & Animals
- NOAA El Nino Portal: Research, Forecasts & Observations
After the Storm