Prepare for Cold Weather & Heavy RainBelow are resources available to help the community prepare for the rain.
Sand is available at the Long Beach Public Works/Public Service Yard, 1651 San Francisco Ave. (Esther Street Gate). Both sand and sand bags are available at the following Long Beach fire stations:
- Fire Station 7, 2295 Elm St.
- Fire Station 12, 1199 Artesia Blvd.
- Fire Station 13, 2475 Adriatic Ave.
- Fire Station 14, 5200 Eliot St.
Bags for sand are available at all neighborhood fire stations, and the lifeguard station at 72nd Place.
Sand and sand bags are available only to Long Beach residents. Residents are required to bring their IDs to pick up a maximum of 10 bags. Residents are advised to bring their own shovel or tool when collecting sand. It is illegal to pick up sand from the beaches.
During periods of significant rainfall, residents are also advised to:
- Avoid swimming in coastal waters for three days following the end of the rainstorm. Check here for regular updates on the the Health Department's Water Quality Information or call 562.570.4199.
- Avoid areas that are subject to sudden flooding.
- Avoid driving through a flooded road, or walking across a flowing stream of water.
- Slow down at intersections, especially if signal lights are not working, and treat them as stop signs. Be cautious while driving, especially at night.
- Take appropriate steps to be prepared by securing personal property and vehicles in areas that are prone to flooding.
- Avoid unnecessary trips. If you must travel during the storm, dress in warm, loose layers of clothing. Advise others of your destination and estimated arrival time.
- Be aware of utility workers working in or near the road.
- Stay off sand berms and stay away from City vehicles and machinery operating along the coastline.
- Keep pets inside and ensure they have shelter from the storm.
- Place refuse and recycling carts on the parkway or driveway apron.
- Report street flooding or downed trees by calling 562.570.2700.
Please help us spread the word to our community experiencing homelessness of available shelter. This is what you can do:
- We have partnered with U.S. VETS Long Beach and County of Los Angeles to open a winter shelter with 125-beds in West Long Beach. It is open 24-hrs until Dec. 28, then returns to its daily regular hours 5 p.m. - 7 a.m. until March 31, 2020. Shelter participants can only access the Winter Shelter via the Winter Shelter bus, which will make daily pick-ups at the following locations and times:
- Long Beach Multi-Service Center (1301 W. 12th St.) – daily at 5 p.m. and 6:20 p.m.
- 14th Street Park (14th Street and Palmer Court, near Long Beach Boulevard) – 5:25 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
- Channel Street Park and Ride (110 Underpass/Channel Street, San Pedro) – daily at 4 p.m.
- Call (562) 570-4500, our Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services (LBDHHS) Homeless Services Outreach team, which is working with Long Beach Fire Department to inform people along the river that the rain is coming and that services are being offered, including shelter opportunities through the Multi-Service Center resources (including motel vouchers and emergency shelter options).
- Call (562) 435-6711, Long Beach Police Department (CA)'s dispatch and they can contact our LBPD Quality of Life team that assist with getting services to people experiencing homelessness.
- The Multi-Service Center, people can spend time there during the day when it’s raining to stay dry. Learn more about MSC services here: http://www.longbeach.gov/everyone-home-long-beach/resources/
- Police Dispatch: 562.435.6711
- 24-hour Public Health Advisory Line: 562.570.4499
- For emergencies, dial 9-1-1
- Sign up with Alert Long Beach to receive Emergency Notifications to your mobile phone and/or email address.