Emergency services offers tips for coming storm

Public works crew members clean out a gutter along San Benito Street on Thursday.

The San Benito County Office of Emergency Services sent safety tips for local residents before the expected storm hits the area Friday.
The National Weather Service forecast for the Hollister area calls for rain starting in the evening Friday and possible storms through Monday.
According to the statement:
With high winds and the potential for significant rainfall predicted by the National Weather Service, the San Benito County Office of Emergency Services would like to remind residents of the county of the following information:

  • There is a possibility for power outages in some areas of the county
  • Treat all low hanging and downed power lines as if they are energized and extremely dangerous
  • Be aware of downed trees, as they may be hiding other hazards such as downed power lines and may move unexpectedly,
  • During power outages, use battery operated flashlights, and not candles, due to the risk of fire.
  • Urban and small stream flash flooding is possible.  Be aware of flooded intersections, roadways, and streams. 
  • Do not attempt to cross streams or rivers as currents may be stronger than expected,
  • Avoid driving through standing water as it may hide obstacles and be deeper than it appears,
  • Contact 911 for emergencies such as downed power lines, and gas leaks.
  • Register your cell phones with CodeRed to be able to receive emergency notifications from public safety departments (https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/218A80E36F49)

Sandbags have been made available by the Cities of Hollister and San Juan Bautista, and the county at the following locations:
Hollister Public Works
1321 South Street
Hollister, CA 95023
M-F 7:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Hollister Fire Station 2
1000 Union Road
Hollister, CA 95023
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
San Juan Bautista Public Works
703 Second Street
San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
Regular Business Hours
San Benito County Public Works Yard
3220 Southside Road
Hollister, CA 95023
Regular Business Hours
The San Benito County Office of Emergency Services will continue to monitor the storm and provide information as necessary.

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