Find out how to prepare for stormy winter weather


A strong El Niño is expected to bring us plenty of wet weather this winter. Here are some tips to help you weather the storm.

Emergency Information and Notifications

NotifyLA is the City of LA’s emergency alert system and provides emergency information via SMS text messaging, voicemail, and email. You can also receive emergency alerts on Twitter by following @NotifyLA.

For the most up-to-date information during any emergency, visit:

Personal Preparedness


Disasters are a reality for Angelenos. From earthquakes to El Niño, we need to be prepared for anything.

An emergency kit is your first step to getting ready for El Niño. A good emergency kit will enable you, your family, and your pets to get by for 72 hours. It’s smart to have a kit at home, at work, and in your car. For more information on creating your emergency kit, visit

An emergency plan is your next step. In a disaster, who do you call? Where do you go? Emergency plans help you navigate the chaos and confusion of a disaster. To get started on your emergency plan, visit

Did you now the average homeowners or rental insurance policy doesn’t cover flood damage? Explore your flood risk and determine if the National Flood Insurance Program is right for you.  Visit for more information.

For more preparedness information, follow ReadyLA on Twitter and Facebook.

During the Storm

To report an emergency, dial 911.

But there are some issues that might not require emergency response. Use the MyLA311 app or call 311 to report issues like large items blocking storm drains or other issues that might cause a problem during a storm. For power outage information, call 1-800-DIAL DWP.

Stay out of flood drainage channels and standing water. Never drive through a flooded roadway. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.

El Niño vs. the Drought

Believe it or not, all the rain we expect to see this winter won’t be a drought-buster. It’s important to continue to conserve water, especially when it’s raining.

The good news is there’s free water falling from the sky! Use rain barrels to collect water, and remember to turn sprinklers off for 72 hours after it rains. 

Additional Resources

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