Cooler temperatures, fog, wind, and rain are here.
Significant amounts of rain are expected by Friday and Saturday in
Long Beach, and more in the foothill areas of Southern California.
Thunderstorms are possible.
City of Long Beach Public Works staff has prepared the city for
winter rains by clearing 3,800 catch basins; cleaning and testing
26 pump stations as well as preparing response teams to address any
storm related issues that might arise. Parks, Recreation and
Marine staff has prepared the beaches and waterways for the winter
storms by building berms to protect low-lying sections of the
beach; installing debris booms to prevent trash from entering the
marina areas; maintain storm run-off culverts on the beaches, and
monitoring the lake and lagoon water levels to prevent
The rainfall is forecast to coincide with high tides, and city
staff will be monitoring water levels in Naples to mitigate any
flooding if possible
Now is the perfect time for residents to prepare your home and
family for the upcoming winter storms, as well as major emergencies
in general; here are some suggestions to keep you and your family
safe before, during and after a significant incident.
Before a Severe
Take the following precautions:
- Keep copies of insurance policies,
important documents as well as other valuables in a safe place and
in a water resistant container. Consider a safe-deposit box
for critical documents or items.
- Consider purchasing flood insurance
coverage for homeowners or renters.
- Store emergency supplies and
contact information in a handy location at work and
home. Consider storing some items in your car as
- Build an "Emergency Kit" and make a
family Communications Plan. An emergency kit will serve you
well in a storm, an earthquake or any other disaster
scenario. Visit the following websites for more information
on preparing your emergency kit and your communications plan: www.redcross.org/, www.fema.gov/, or www.caloes.ca.gov
- Keep your car fueled and some cash
on hand. If electric power is cut off, filling stations and ATM's
might not be able to operate.
- Know safe routes from your home or
office to high, safe ground.
- Consider keeping some water
proofing materials handy for emergency repairs, including sandbags,
plastic sheeting, plywood or lumber, duct tape, etc.
Sand and Sandbags – Sand is currently available at the Long Beach Public Works/Public Service Yard, 1651 San Francisco Ave., at the Esther Street Gate. Tomorrow afternoon, sand will be available at the following Long Beach Fire Stations:
- Station No. 7, 2295 Elm Ave.
- The Old Station No. 12, 6509 Gundry Ave.
- Station No. 13, 2475 Adriatic Ave.
- Station No. 14, 5200 E. Eliot St.
Empty sandbags are available at all neighborhood Fire Stations, except the new Fire Station 12.
During A Severe
Use these guidelines:
- Tune to local radio or television
stations for emergency information and instructions from local
authorities. In an emergency KKJZ 88.1 FM will broadcast
information to the Long Beach community.
- Avoid areas that are subject to
- Do not try to walk across a flowing
stream of water where the water is near or above your knees.
- 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
- Keep pets inside and ensure they
have shelter from the storm.
- Be especially cautious driving at
night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers. If
you are driving:
- Know this - Six inches of water
will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of
control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float
many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most
vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-up
o Do not attempt to drive
through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious.
The roadbed may be washed out under the water, and you could be
stranded or trapped.
o Do not drive around a
barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn
around and go the other way.
o Slow down for traffic
officers at intersections with non-working signal lights.
Treat all non-working traffic signal lights at intersections as
stop signs. Be aware of utility workers working in or near
o Do not sightsee in flooded
areas. Do not try to enter areas blocked off by local
- If advised by local authorities to
leave your home, do not delay leaving. Move to a safe area
before access is cut off by floodwater. Before leaving,
disconnect all electrical appliances.
After A Severe
Take theses steps:
- Stay tuned to radio or television
for information and instructions from local authorities. In
an emergency KKJZ 88.1 FM will broadcast information to the Long
- Follow local instructions regarding
the safety of drinking water. If in doubt, boil or purify water
- Avoid disaster areas; your presence
could hamper rescue and other emergency operations, and you may be
- Do not handle live electrical
equipment in wet areas. If electrical equipment or appliances have
been in contact with water, have them checked before use.
- You should avoid downed power lines
and broken gas lines. Report downed electrical lines immediately by
calling 911. To report a broken gas lines, first move to a
safe location and then call Long Beach Gas & Oil at
562.570.2140. If you hear a hissing or a roaring sound and
smell an unusual odor, first move to a safe location and
immediately call 911.
- You should avoid swimming in the
ocean and bays during and within 72 hours of a storm. Obey all
lifeguard instructions and posted signs at beaches.
Don't be caught off guard, get the facts and know the risks. Take
action to protect yourself, your family, your business, and your
finances—before a weather event occurs and it's too
Find additional information on how to plan and prepare for severe
storms by visiting the following websites: