More tips! Arcata Fire Protection District weighs in on the coming storm in the press release below:

Weather experts are predicting the storm that is due to hit the coast today and the next few days will be the worst we’ve seen in the past 40 years. Experts predict approximately five inches of rain to fall in the McKinleyville, Arcata, and Eureka areas. With that much rain and high winds, it’s expected there will be flooding of roads, quick rising water in the rivers and streams, and the likelihood of downed trees and power lines.

Arcata Fire District is reminding all residents to be careful if you have to go out in the storm.  Avoid roads that are flooded and do not drive through high water. Remember to slow down as the winds and rain can push your vehicle around on the roadways. If you are at home or in your office and the power goes out, call PG&E to notify them of the power outage.  The list below provides other safety and preparedness tips you can follow to help you through the storm.

Be alert for flood indicators such as rapidly rising water and flooding of highways, bridges and low-lying areas. During a flood warning, take the following precautions:

  • Evacuate to an area of higher ground immediately if advised to do so
  • Stay away from flooded areas, even if the water seems to be receding
  • Be aware of potential flash flooding
  • Keep fuel in your vehicle
  • Listen and/or watch your local news for critical weather information
  • Bring your pets inside
  • Have extra supplies of water, food and pet supplies for at least three days
  • Have a flashlight with batteries
  • Have extra batteries
  • Have a first aid kit
  • Make sure your cell phone is fully charged
  • Have extra cash on hand
  • Be sure you have plenty of blankets, jackets, hats, gloves, and warm clothing

What not to do:

  • Do not use candles
  • Do not use generators, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside your home
  • Do not touch downed power lines
  • Do not walk, swim or drive through moving water

In 2013 approximately 82 people died during flash flood/river flooding events throughout the United States.  Please be careful and if you have an emergency, please call 911.