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Posted on: November 1, 2018

Watsonville Residents: Are you prepared to weather the storm?

person clearing a clogged storm drain from leaves

With predictions of a wet winter, here are some tips and resources to help you and your family prepare and stay safe.

Prepare

  • Keep your property's drainage clear.
  • Develop an emergency/evacuation plan.
  • Prepare emergency supplies: non-perishable food, water, flashlights, manual can-opener, batteries, battery-operated radio and a first-aid kit.
  • Download the Watsonville Police Department App on your cell phone to receive flood notifications. NIXLE will eventually be discontinued.
  • Sign up for "Code Red" emergency phone notifications at: http://www.scr911.org/

Protect

  • Help keep storm drains working - clean leaves & debris off of storm drains with rake or shovel and put in trash.
  • Help identify and report clogged storm drains or major flooding in your area. Call customer service (831) 768-3133.
  • Sandbag areas where water could enter your home. Sandbags will be available at Fire Station #1 and Home Depot during heavy rains.
  • Contact PG&E to shut off your power and natural gas if your property is in danger of flooding.

Pay Attention

  • Avoid driving. If necessary, avoid low-lying areas.
  • Check radio, TV, and Code Red for up to date evacuation routes, shelter locations, and general emergency alerts.


SANDBAG LOCATIONS DURING 
HEAVY RAIN
EMERGENCY 
RESOURCES
THE CITY OF WATSONVILLE 
IS READY
  • Fire Station #1 (115 Second St.)
  • Home Depot (355 S. Green Valley Rd.

Come prepared to fill your own sandbags.

  • Emergency: 911
  • Watsonville Emergency Operations: 768-3038
  • Santa Cruz County Emergency Services: 458-7150
  • American Red Cross: 462-2881
  • Watsonville Customer Service: 768-3133
  • Santa Cruz County Information Services: 211
  • Maintaining Flood Channels and Storm Drains Free From Debris to Prevent Flooding
  • increasing Street Sweeping to Prepare Our Streets
  • Trained City Staff Ready to Respond
  • 50,000 Sandbags and 100 Tons of Sand
  • Collaboration with Other Agencies

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