El Niño Storms Are Here… Are you Ready?

San Francisco is expected to be hit by an El Nĩno storm.  This storm is expected to last from late December until sometime in the spring of 2016.

These rainy conditions can lead to flooding in low lying areas including ground floors or basements. Temporary power outages are likely in some places, especially if trees fall on power lines.

We recommend you stock up on basic supplies in case you need to shelter in place, especially if you live in an elevator building where the elevator stops working because of power outages. 

  • Make sure you have food, water and needed medications for yourself, your family, and your service animals or pets. 
  • Stock extra batteries for flashlights. 
  • Do not use candles for light since they can cause fires.
  • Do not use stoves for heat.
  • Charge up your cell phone, mobility/medical device batteries and spare ones, if you have them.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel. Public transportation via MUNI, BART, AC Transit, or paratransit will probably be slower than usual and crowded.
  • If you are medically dependent on power for ventilators, pumps or others, be sure you have a battery back-up or consider moving temporarily to a building that has a generator.
  • But most importantly, MAKE A PLAN! Reach out to friends and family in case you need them to check in on you.


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For updates on San Francisco's response go to: www.sfgov72.org

You can also call 311 for non-emergency help and assistance.