Storm advisory - community safety

To: UCSC Community

From: Nader Oweis, Chief of Police, UC Santa Cruz

The Santa Cruz is expected to see a big storm today through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
This storm is expected to bring heavy rainfall and high winds. The NWS has issued advisories for coastal flooding and high surf.
As the first significant storm of the winter, this is a good opportunity to review storm preparedness information and resources. During any storm event, it is important to take steps for your own safety. 
  • Use caution when outdoors during high wind and thunderstorm activity. Be aware of overhead hazards such as tree limbs and power lines. 
  • Never approach a downed wire, even if it is not actively arcing or sparking. Report all downed wires to 911. 
  • Allow extra time during commute periods to account for wet roadways, heavy traffic, and accidents. Drive cautiously and leave extra space when following to allow for increased braking distances in wet conditions. Remember that California state law requires headlights to be on during all periods of rain. 
  • Do not attempt to drive or walk through flooded areas. 
  • Bicyclists and motorcyclists should use lights and wear retroreflective rain gear or vests to ensure that they are visible. 
  • Take steps to prepare your home. Ensure that your gutters are clear and that any loose exterior furniture or other items which may become airborne during heavy wind are properly secured. 
  • If you have low-lying areas that are subject to flooding, take steps to mitigate these issues such as using sandbags. 
  • Have flashlights and lanterns available in the event of a power outage, and be sure that they have fresh batteries. 
  • Never use charcoal or propane fueled devices such as grills, heaters, or lanterns inside. These present both a fire hazard as well as a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.