Be prepared for winter weather

Recent rainstorms are a great reminder to be prepared.

Storms bring the potential for hazards like flooding, debris flow and mudslides, power outages, downed power lines and trees as well as roof collapses. It’s essential to take steps to reduce the personal risks and impact to your property.

Trim your trees and bushes, if possible. The lack of rain has caused vegetation to become more brittle and susceptible to breakage from wind and rain in a storm.

If you see downed power lines, stay away from them and surrounding water and immediately call 911. Please report downed trees or flooding during office hours to our Public Works Department at 949-425-2530 and after hours to the Sheriff’s Department’s non-emergency line at 949-770-6011.

Stock up on sandbags now, if you think you need them. Most Orange County Fire Authority stations carry free sand and/or sandbags for residents at their fire stations. See locations at

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to register for our emergency alert systems Nixle and AlertOC. For Nixle, simply text 92656 to 888777 and visit to register for AlertOC.

For more disaster preparedness information, visit our website at

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