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.
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.
1. Prepare your property against flooding. Clean storm drains and gutters and removed downed branches and debris. Sandbags are available at the locations below 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)
- Maintenance Operations Center (27860 Bradley Road)
2. Review information on how to properly fill and place sandbags. Visit Using Sandbags Safely | Cal OES News
3. Create an emergency plan and a disaster kit (don’t forget about pets). Visit Floods | Ready.gov for tips and checklists.
4. Review flood insurance policies.
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.
3. Monitor local and regional media and social media for updates. Check the City’s Facebook and Twitter feed for additional information.
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.
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.
3. Have your emergency preparedness kit nearby. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
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. DO NOT touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
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.