Storm Preparations


Who Should I Contact? 


Emergency, call 911


Non emergency, call dispatch


Municipal Operations Department
report debris, flooding, fallen trees,
or blocked storm drains in the
public right of way
HOTLINE: 949-644-3055


Southern California Edison 
Outage Center, power outages or
downed power lines


Southern California Gas Company
report gas leaks and odors


Stay Informed


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Getting Ready for the Storm

Anticipated storms may bring heavy rains and flooding to Southern California. We encourage everyone to get prepared in advance of the storms. Sand bags are available to Newport Beach residents on Friday, February 17 until 2:30 p.m. at the City's Corp. Yard, 592 Superior Avenue. Call 949-644-3055.

Preparation Tips

Check your property

  • Clear drains, rain gutters and downspouts of debris.
  • Trim trees and landscaping as needed to ensure that branches and limbs are clear of your structure and clear from overhead power lines (Contact Southern California Edison if trees have grown over or around power lines on your property). 
  • Inspect your roof for any signs of damage or needed repairs. Make arrangements for the repairs before water starts to leak inside your property.
  • Stabilize slopes on your property to prevent mud and landslides. 
  • Secure outdoor furniture and other loose items from causing damage during periods of heavy winds.
  • Prepare your mooring with these helpful tips.

Use sand bags in areas known for flooding around your property

  • Use sand bags to divert water away from your structure or property.
  • Most home improvement stores have sand bags for sale.    
  • Prior to a storm (generally 48-hours before a storm) and during regular business hours, sand bags are available to residents, with proof of residency, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Residents can receive up to 10, pre-filled or empty sand bags, free of charge.
  • Empty sand bags can be filled with beach sand. We ask that the sand is returned to the beach after the rainy season is over.
  • Sand bags can be picked up at the City Corporation Yard located at 592 Superior Avenue. Again, sand bags are not regularly distributed until 48-hours before a storm.
  • Call 949-644-3055 for information on sand bag distribution availability, days and hours.

Make plans

  • Make an emergency plan for your family and build a disaster supply kit (disaster supply checklist to get you started).
  • Remember that local phone lines may be busy during a disaster, so designate a family member to contact outside of the area.
  • Stock up on food, water and medicine so you don’t have to go out during the storms.
  • Don’t forget about your pet’s needs. Stock up on their food and medicine too and make sure their ID tags are up to date.
  • Check on your elderly neighbors to see if they need any assistance with storm preparations. 

Get connected

  • Get information in a timely manner. Register your cell phone, email, and/or office number with the City's emergency alert system AlertOC. Every landline in the city is already automatically enrolled. By registering other numbers, you will receive emergency notices directly to your favorite communication devices.  
  • Community members are encouraged to sign up to receive City announcements via email by creating an account and registering an email address. Select the news categories of interest to you. We recommend selecting "disaster information" and "general news" to receive storm related updates.
  • Get current information on storm events by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.
  • Register for the City’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to learn more about disaster preparedness, first aid skills, and being a trained responder for your neighborhood. During a disaster, first responders will have other priorities and may be unable to get to you. CERT members are trained to provide assistance to the community during a disaster.
  • During an emergency, tune your radio to 107.9 FM, KWVE to receive up-to-date information.

Rain and the Drought 

Many folks think with all the rain we have been receiving that the drought is over. However, the state has is still under its emergency drought restrictions requiring on-going water conservation  We’re taking a prudent stance to prepare for the significant rainstorms while still conserving water to deal with the drought

Water customers should:

  • Turn off automatic irrigation during and for at least 48-hours after it rains.
  • Capture rain water using rain barrels or other devices.

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