Wet weather safety tips for San Francisco families

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The National Weather Service is predicting severe wet weather beginning Thursday evening through Saturday in San Francisco. The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is encouraging families to be prepared by following wet weather preparedness and safety tips. 

For additional weather information, please visit www.sf72.org/em/homeIf someone sees a person in need of shelter please call 3-1-1; for anyone experiencing a medical emergency please call 9-1-1.

Wet Weather Preparedness and Safety Tips:

  • Check your supplies and make sure you have what you need on hand: http://www.sf72.org/supplies.
  • Check on friends and family who may need assistance during the storm, especially older adults or neighbors with disabilities.
  • Remove debris and sweep up any leaves from sidewalks and storm drains to keep them from getting clogged.
  • Call 3-1-1 for non-life threatening storm issues. Call 9-1-1 for emergencies: www.maketherightcallsf.org 
  • Sign up for AlertSF by texting your Zip Code to 888-777 for real-time emergency alerts.
·         Public Works will provide San Francisco residents and business up to 10 free sandbags leading up to and during severe rainstorms. They are intended for properties prone to flooding. Sandbags can be retrieved Monday-Saturday8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Public Works’ operations yard, Marin Street/Kansas Street gate. Bring proof of address. Sandbags also are sold at many local hardware and home improvement stores.

  • If the power goes out, unplug and turnoff appliances. Leave one light on to signal when power is restored.
  • Avoid using candles because they are a fire hazard, especially in San Francisco due to so many wood buildings.
  • Have flashlights and extra batteries on hand.
  • Stay away from flooded areas and downed power lines whether in car or on foot.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Stay informed: tune-in to KCBS (740 AM or 106.9 FM), local TV channels, or social media (@sf_emergency; @sfwater; @sfpublicworks) for emergency advisories and instructions.
Additional Severe Weather Information Resources