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4 gallons maximum is being supplied free. Our personal experiences show each person needs a gallon and a half (1.5) of Water a Day. What about food crops and animals?

Restaurants use hundreds of gallons of water a day. Now they're closing. Sanitary needs alone can't be met. Soda machines use water, cooking it boils so that's ok, washing hands needs water, etc.

Don't rely on emergency response services to "save" you. Ready yourself.

Need help call 415.891.9107 www.CPR4BIZ.com before your business doors close -- permanently--.

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Stormy Days Ahead

"Emergency management officials are stressing the need for individuals to do their part during the next several months to protect their homes and businesses."

Business and Home:
☑ Check Rain Gutters
☑ Use Downspout Extenders - direct water away from buildings
☑ Clear Drain Inlets and Pipes
☑ Trim Trees - minimize downed limbs
☑ Plan for Power Outages
☑ Use Sandbags to Create Berms and direct water, mud and debris to other areas

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"It is important to prevent soil erosion because Santa Maria is a place of farmlands. We use pesticides, germicides and other chemicals. If there is soil erosion, groundwater will be polluted, causing damage to our community's flora and fauna." Sergio Medrano

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In 5 feet of water, mud and yuck is not the time to prepare. We've been FLOOD focused all month. El Nino will bring great challenges. How are you preparing?

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our home owners insurance will not cover flood damage. Do your homework https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/ only approved vendors can sell National Flood Insurance Program. There is typically a 30 day waiting period - don't wait!!

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Is the first storm / rain of the season arrives in Northern California and into Nevada it's time to remind ourselves to prepare floods, mudslides and landslides. A few preparations now and save you from having to figure out how to be profitable in 5 feet of mud.

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Be aware, this El Nino is creating a very dangerous seafood situation. Warm waters mean bacteria is on the rise.

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Causes of Flooding

Tropical Storms and Hurricanes -
Hurricanes pack a triple punch: high winds, soaking rain, and flying debris. They can cause storm surges to coastal areas, as well as create heavy rainfall which in turn causes flooding hundreds of miles inland. While all coastal areas are at risk, certain cities are particularly vulnerable and could have losses similar to or even greater than those caused by the 2005 hurricane, Katrina, in New Orleans and Mississippi.

When hurricanes weaken into tropical storms, they generate rainfall and flooding that can be especially damaging since the rain collects in one place. In 2001, Tropical Storm Allison produced more than 30 inches of rainfall in Houston in just a few days, flooding over 70,000 houses and destroying 2,744 homes.

Spring Thaw -

During the spring, frozen land prevents melting snow or rainfall from seeping into the ground. Each cubic foot of compacted snow contains gallons of water and once the snow melts, it can result in the overflow of streams, rivers, and lakes. Add spring storms to that and the result is often serious spring flooding.

Heavy Rains -

Several areas of the country are at heightened risk for flooding due to heavy rains. The Northwest is at high risk due to La Niña conditions, which include snowmelts and heavy rains. And the Northeast is at high risk due to heavy rains produced from Nor'easters. This excessive amount of rainfall can happen throughout the year, putting your property at risk.

West Coast Threats -

Although floods can occur throughout the year, the West Coast rainy season usually lasts from November to April. This window increases the chance of heavy flooding and flash flood risks.

Wildfires have dramatically changed the landscape and ground conditions on the West Coast, causing fire-scorched land to develop in to mudflows under heavy rain. Experts believe it will take years for the vegetation to be fully restored, which in turn will help stabilize these areas.

In addition to the heavy rains and wildfires, the West Coast has thousands of miles of levees, which were constructed to help protect homes and land in case of a flood. However, levees are not fail-proof and can, weaken, or overtop when waters rise, often causing catastrophic results.

Levees & Dams -

Levees are designed to protect hold back a certain level of water. However, levees can and do fail; and when they fail, they can fail catastrophically. Weakening of levees over time, or as a result of weather events exceeding the levee’s level of support, can cause the levee to be overtopped or breached, thus increasing the chance for flooding. Homeowners and renters insurance policies usually do not cover flood loss, therefore FEMA strongly encourages those who live and work behind levees to consider flood insurance as a dependable financial security from a flood event.

Flash Floods -

Flash floods are the #1 weather-related killer in the U.S. since they can roll boulders, tear out trees, and destroy buildings and bridges. A flash flood is a rapid flooding of low-lying areas in less than six hours, which is caused by intense rainfall from a thunderstorm or several thunderstorms. Flash floods can also occur from the collapse of a man-made structure or ice dam.

New Development -

Construction and development can change the natural drainage and create brand new flood risks. That's because new buildings, parking lots, and roads mean less land to absorb excess precipitation from heavy rains, hurricanes, and tropical storms.
 
Need Flood Preparation Assistance? We are happy to help.

The following are important points to remember

Flood Watch - Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.

Flash Flood Watch - Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.

Flood Warning - Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.

Flash Flood Warning - A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground immediately.
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Flood Preparation - Prepare - Activate

If feasible, construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the
building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds.

Did you know:
Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States.
Not all floods are alike. Some floods develop slowly (overland flooding), while others (flash floods), can develop in just a few minutes and without visible signs of rain. Additionally, floods can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states.

Flash floods occur suddenly and often have a dangerous wall of roaring water carrying rocks, mud and other debris. They often occur within a few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall, a dam or levee failure, or a sudden release of water held by an ice jam.
Overland flooding is when when waterways such as rivers or streams overflow their banks as a result of rainwater or a possible levee breach. Overland flooding is the most common type of flooding event. It can also occur when rainfall or snow melt exceeds the capacity of underground pipes, or the capacity of streets and drains designed to carry flood water away from urban areas.
 
Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live or work, but especially if you are in low-lying areas, near water, behind a levee or downstream from a dam. Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds or low-lying ground that appear harmless in dry weather can flood.
 
Flash Floods – Flash floods are the #1 weather-related killer in the U.S. since they can roll boulders, tear out trees, and destroy buildings and bridges. A flash flood is a rapid flooding of low-lying areas in less than six hours, which is caused by intense rainfall from a thunderstorm or several thunderstorms. Flash floods can also occur from the collapse of a man-made structure or ice dam.
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When driving in flood conditions:
Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
A foot of water will float many vehicles
Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.
Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
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