Get Ahead of the Next Storm

California had a very wet October and our drought-stricken state gladly welcomed the rain with open arms. The influx of raindrops, cloudy skies and wind reminded us of how badly our state needs rainy days that we hadn’t seen in a while.

The winter-like weather also reminded us that Mother Nature has a few tricks up her sleeve and we should be ready for anything she throws our way. Perhaps you were caught off guard during the rain storms with clogged gutters, no umbrella, no emergency supply kit or unsure how to check road conditions. If that was the case, no need to panic – sunny days like today are good days to prepare your family, car, home and pets…and get ahead of the next storm.

Additional resources to help you plan and prepare before the next storm:

Cal OES Preparedness Tips

National Weather Service

California Highway Patrol – Winter Driving Tips

Caltrans РRoad Conditions 

Department of Water Resources РDo You Know Your Risk? 

Bureau of Automotive Repair РWinter Car Care 


Monica Vargas

Monica is an Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, 2017 winter storms, North Bay Fires, Camp Fire, Ridgecrest Earthquake, 2020 Puerto Rico earthquake EMAC PIO, 2020 fire siege and the COVID-19 pandemic. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in the executive, international affairs and technology offices.

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