Resources for winter storms in Sacramento

Be prepared for the worst with the best tips from city officials and weather experts.


Fallen trees are a common kind of storm debris in Sacramento, especially in high wind conditions.

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Sacramento continues to draw in storms — with more rain in the forecast. In addition to prior guidance, the city and county have put together more resources and tips for residents to protect themselves and get the relief they need.

The National Weather Service predicts severe thunderstorms, with a tornado risk for the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys.

🤝 Pre-storm preparations

  • Monitor the local forecast at the National Weather Service’s website.
  • Keep an eye out for sagging trees or power lines + avoid crossing paths with them.
  • Bring pets inside or shelter them elsewhere out of the wind and threat of falling debris.
  • Make sure to secure any loose outdoor items + keep sidewalks and curbsides clear.
  • Place sandbags in front of doors to divert running water. Sandbags can be obtained at nine different locations in the area.
  • Unplug and elevate electric appliances if possible.
  • Have an emergency supply kit and a plan ready in the event of an evacuation.

🦺 Mindful maintenance

  • Refrain from driving and stay indoors, especially at night. If you do travel, check conditions on the CalTrans map beforehand.
  • Dress warmly to account for windchill if outside.
  • Do not walk or drive through flooded roadways, and never drive over downed power lines.
  • Call 911 only for emergencies. Downed trees and street flooding should be reported to 311.

⚒️ Recoup and rebuild

  • If you have concerns about a downed tree or fallen limb on your property, the city has created an FAQ on what steps to take. City officials said they are currently prioritizing downed trees on arterial (very busy) roads first, then collector (moderately busy) roads, and finally residential streets to try and speed up the recovery process.
  • Report power outages to SMUD at (888) 456-7683, or PG&E at (800) 743-5002.
  • Visit our guide on what to do if your home is flooded, and immediately contact your insurance company.

Stay safe, Sacramento.

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