Storm and Emergency Preparedness

What is El Nino?
El Nino is a climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean that includes warmer than normal water temperatures and a change in trade wind strength and direction. This naturally occurring weather event can affect the global climate and it’s expected to cause heavy rainfall in Southern California.

El Nino events typically occur every three to five years. The most recent “strong” El Nino occurred during the winter of 1997-98. 

Will El Nino affect Menifee?
While the City of Menifee has taken precautions to prepare for expected rain and inclement weather, Menifee’s geographical location situated in the Menifee Valley makes the region prone to flooding.

Heavy rain may cause flooding, mudslides, sink holes, prolonged power outages and dangerous driving conditions in Menifee and the surrounding area.
Turn Around-Dont Drown

Be Prepared

Before the storm
1. Prepare your property against flooding. Clean storm drains and gutters and removed downed branches and debris.Sand bags are available at 2. Menifee Fire Stations and local hardware stores.
       Self-serve sandbag stations are open 7am to 7pm at the following locations:
  • Fire Station # 76 (29950 Menifee Road)
  • Quail Valley Fire Station #5 (28971 Goetz Road)

3. Review this brochure to properly fill and place sandbags.
4. Create an emergency plan and a disaster kit (don’t forget about pets). Visit for tips and checklists.
5. Review flood insurance policies.

During the Storm
1. Visit the city’s website for information about flooded and/or closed roads. Avoid making unnecessary trips and driving or walking in flooded areas.
2. Turn around, don’t drown! Do not attempt to cross moving water or bypass “closed road” signage. A car can be easily swept away buy just one foot of swiftly moving water.
3. Monitor local and regional media and social media for updates. Check the city’s Twitter feed @cityofmenifee or Facebook at
4. Visit California’s storm preparedness website at for additional information. 

After the Storm
1. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
2. Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.
3. Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded.
4. Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
5. Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.

"Flood Watch" and "Flood Warning" - What's the difference?

Flood Watch means BE AWARE! Conditions are right for flooding to occur. During a flood watch advisory take the following precautions:
1. Turn on your TV/radio or follow the city’s social media pages. You will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
2. Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.
3. Have your emergency preparedness kit nearby. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies (see above).
4. Prepare Your Home. Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage. Disconnect electrical appliances. DO NOT touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
5. If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.

Flood Warning means TAKE ACTION! Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.
1. Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
2. Evacuate if directed.
3. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.

Additional Resources
There are several websites with tips to protect your home against flooding: