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How to Prepare for a Tropical Storm in Palm Springs

The Tropical Storm Warning Remains in Effect in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and Indio with Hurricane Hilary, however you should remain on alert throughout the Coachella valley between Sunday morning until Monday Morning. Palm Springs weather can be unpredictable, but this is new, a tropical storm warning. So how do we prepare for a tropical storm in Palm Springs? The high winds and extreme flood warnings are possibilities for many evacuations and rescues so be prepared.

Tropical Storm Palm Springs Warning in Effect
Tropical Storm Palm Springs Warning in Effect

Vista Chino, Indian Canyon, and Gene Autry typically close with floods. There could possibly be issues with Highway 111 and Ramon Road. Be prepared and expect them to be closed for days.

Preparing the home for a tropical storm involves taking steps to minimize damage, ensure safety, and make sure you have the necessary supplies. Here's a checklist to help us prepare:

1. Stay Informed: Stay updated on the storm's progress through reliable sources such as the National Weather Service or local meteorological agencies. Follow their recommendations and alerts. Sign up here -!/ 2. Create a Family Emergency Plan NOW: Discuss and establish a plan with your family for communication, evacuation, and meeting points. Ensure everyone knows the plan and their roles. 3. Secure Outdoor Items: Bring outdoor items indoors or secure outdoor furniture, gardening tools, and any loose objects that could become projectiles in high winds. 4. Reinforce Windows and Doors: Consider installing storm shutters or boarding up windows and glass doors. Reinforce garage doors to prevent damage. Don’t forget to shore up the pet doors.

Tropical Wind Storms
Storm Warning Palm Springs

5. Clear Gutters and Drains: Ensure gutters and drains are clear to prevent water buildup and flooding. 6. Trim Trees and Plants: Trim overhanging branches and remove dead or weak trees that could potentially fall on your home during the storm. 7. Check Roof and Seals: Inspect your roof for loose or damaged shingles or materials and repair any issues. Check seals around windows and doors for leaks. 8. Gather Supplies: Stock up on essential supplies such as non-perishable food, water, batteries, flashlights, a first aid kit, medication, and important documents. Aim for at least a 72-hour supply. 9. Evacuation Kit: If evacuation is possible, prepare a "go bag" with clothing, personal hygiene items, medication, important documents, and any items you'll need if you have to leave quickly. Be sure these are ready before the storm hits. 10. Backup Power: Consider having a generator on hand in case of power outages. Have flashlights and other light sources available and ready. Make sure you know how to use it safely. 11. Reinforce Garage Doors: If you have a garage, reinforce it, as garage doors are often vulnerable to strong winds. 12. Elevate Items: If you live in a flood-prone area, elevate appliances, electrical systems, and valuable items to higher levels to prevent water damage. 13. Secure Important Documents: Place important documents like insurance policies, IDs, and medical records in a waterproof container. It is also handy to email yourself a copy so that they are available remotely. 14. Know Safe Zones: Identify safe areas within your home where you can take shelter, away from windows and doors. 15. Turn off Utilities: If instructed by authorities, turn off gas, electricity, and water to reduce the risk of fire, electrocution, or gas leaks. 16. Communication: Have a battery-powered weather radio to receive updates if other communication methods fail. 17. Evacuation Route: If you're in an evacuation zone, know your evacuation route and follow the instructions given by local authorities. As mentioned Indian Canyon, Gene Autry & Vista Chino typically close. Be prepared with alternate routes. Be prepared for roads that could wash out in places. Desert Hot Springs usually gets landlocked. Use Tipton road for a bypass route. 18. Pet Preparedness: If you have pets, prepare supplies for them including food, water, carriers, and medications. Again, don’t forget the pet door and shore it up. Also set pet supplies in your emergency to go bag.

Remember that safety is the top priority. Always follow the advice and instructions of local authorities and emergency management agencies. If you're unsure about any aspect of preparation, consult with experts in your area or reach out to local emergency services for guidance.

Sandbags are available at the following locations:

  • Fire Station 1: 277 N Indian Avenue

  • Fire Station 2: 300 N El Cielo

  • Fire Station 3: 590 E Racquet Club Drive

  • Fire Station 4: 1300 La Verne Way

  • Fire Station 5: 5800 Bolero Road

  • Behind City Hall in the pit, off of El Cielo Drive

Chief Alvarado advises the following:

  • Do not walk or swim through flood waters

  • Avoid driving during heavy rain and dangerous conditions

  • If any area is flooded, turn around. Do not drive through barricades or road closures.

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