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Sand for Sandbags

Due to heavy rains and possible flooding in certain areas of Phoenix, free sand is now available to residents. Residents are asked to bring their own shovels and sandbags. Sand is available at select Fire Stations.

(updated 09/06 at 1:54 p.m.)


Life-threatening emergencies: 911
Non-emergency police assistance: 602-262-6151
Report street issues: 602-262-6441
Report traffic signal outages: 602-262-6021
Storm debris clean-up inquiries: 602-262-7251
Report power outage, APS: 855-688-2437 or SRP: 602-236-8811
American Red Cross: 800-842-7349

 


Introduction

​​​In the desert, storms and flooding can strike quickly and lead to rapidly changing conditions. To help prepare for future storms, this webpage lists Before the Storm tips you can use to protect your home, loved ones and personal property. This page also provide resources for After the Storm. For current weather conditions, visit the National Weather Service.

Photo Caption: Phoenix has a duty officer who monitors weather patterns 24/7 to ensure city crews are ready to respond.

Before the Storm

Flash Floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. Please prepare. When a storm is approaching, turn to broadcast media, radio, or visit reliable online resources to receive the latest weather updates and instructions.

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Staying On Top of the Storm ​

​Prepare Your Home

  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.
  • Clean out roof drains or scuppers to prevent accumulation of rain water on the roof.
  • Thin out trees and trim down overgrown vegetation.
  • Clean out drywells on your property so there is safe place for the water to collect.
  • Repair landscaping to ensure water will run away from your building.
  • Back up all data in case your computer or servers become damaged.
  • Look at installing generators or back up battery systems.
  • Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances and don't touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
  • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.

Tips For Drivers

  • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road! The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
  • Six inches of water can cause most cars to lose control.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pick-up trucks.
  • Don't drive around barricades. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
  • Treat non-working or flashing traffic signals at intersections as a four-way stop. Proceed with caution.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning. Flood Watch = “Be Aware.” Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.

Flood Control District of Maricopa County (FCDMC)

Visit the FCDMC website for information about the district's services, current flood control projects, and flood safety guidelines.

Mosquitos

Wet weather can result in standing water that can trigger an increase in mosquito populations. Call Maricopa County Vector Control at 602-506-6616 for complaints regarding mosquitoes around standing water. Learn more about Monsoon Mosquitos.

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After the Storm

General Tips

  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.
  • Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded.
  • Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes. When it is not flooding: Make a flood plan
  • Consider buying flood insurance.
  • Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.
  • Be mindful of the the potential health risks of playing, wading and swimming in collected stormwater. Runoff from monsoons can pick up pollutants that can be harmful to your skin, eyes and ears. For more information, visit: http://legacy.azdeq.gov/environ/water/permits/slide.html

Power Outages

 

  • Contact your electricity provider to report power outages.
  • For Arizona Public Service (APS), call 855-688-2437. Visit APS's Outage Center webpage for more information.
  • For Salt River Project (SRP), call 602-236-8811. Visit SRP's Power Outage webpagefor more information.​

​Agencies That Can Help

​The following organizations work directly with residents and business owners recovering from storm-related flooding.  
  • American Red Cross - Red Cross provides shelter, food, health services, including mental health, to assist families and the community in times of need.

  • The Salvation Army - The mission of the Salvation Army is to access multiple volunteer organizations to provide comprehensive support in times of need, including disasters.

  • Team Rubicon - Team Rubicon can offer free services to remove drywall impacted by flooding for residents unable to pay. This is an important stage to prevent mold from setting in.

  • Habitat for Humanity - Habitat offers low-cost repair services for those who qualify. They also offer emergency repair services for those who qualify, and can access volunteers to help reduce costs.

  • HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response - HOPE is a national crisis response organization with specially trained handlers and canines trained and tested for crisis response work. HOPE ACR teams provide comfort and support to people affected by disasters.

  • Association of Arizona Food Banks - They can coordinate any food needs from a network of food bank

  • The Phoenix Homeland Defense Bureau's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) - The CERT program trains residents of Phoenix neighborhoods, community organizations and workplaces in basic disaster survival skills and promotes partnership and cooperation between residents and emergency services personnels.

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How to Stay Safe 5How to Stay Safe https://www.phoenix.gov/emergency/how-to-stay-safe
Protecting Your Home6Protecting Your Homehttps://www.phoenix.gov/emergency/protecting-your-home