Red Cross Responds as Storms Impact California

This information was last updated on Friday, Jan. 27 at 10:00 a.m. Please check back regularly for updates.

Since the start of the year, back-to-back storms fed by an atmospheric river in the Pacific Ocean have led to flooding, landslides, roads being washed away, power outages and numerous evacuations in California as several new storms head toward the state.

If you need a safe place to stay or a hot meal, find open shelters on redcross.org, the free Red Cross Emergency app or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) and selecting the disaster option.

The Red Cross works with government agencies like FEMA to provide help after disasters. We encourage people affected by these storms to apply for federal Disaster Assistance at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362 (TTY 1-200-462-7585). You may be eligible for a variety of support including financial or housing assistance.

If you have been impacted by the California floods, please call 2-1-1.

Tulare County: County Website Information

Madera County: County Information

Mariposa County: mariposacounty.org

San Luis Obispo County: County Website Information

Santa Barbara County: County Website Information

Ventura County vcemergency.com

Safety Information and How You Can Help:

Preparedness is key: Pack your emergency kit, know your routes and destinations, and listen to the advice of emergency officials. Download the free Red Cross Emergency app for real-time weather alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations and expert advice on storms and flooding. Search “American Red Cross” in app stores or go to redcross.org/apps.

Flooding Safety:

  • Stay off the roads and away from floodwaters. If you must drive, avoid flooded roadways. If power lines are down, don’t step in any puddles or standing water.
  • Follow evacuation orders and don’t return home until officials say it is safe.
  • Be cautious when cleaning up your home and wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and boots. Throw out items that absorb water and can’t be disinfected, and dispose of all food, drinks and medications.
  • For more information, visit redcross.org/flood.

Power Outage Safety:

  • Monitor alerts. Check local weather reports and any notifications. by phone, television or radio. Utility officials may come to your door to alert you of a planned power outage.
  • Keep food cold and when in doubt, throw it out. Eat your fresh, perishable foods first. Avoid opening your refrigerator and freezer to preserve cool temperatures. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about 4 hours. Throw out food that has been warmer than 40 degrees F.
  • Prevent power overloads and fire hazards. Unplug appliances and electronics to avoid power overloads or damage from power surges. Use flashlights, not candles. If any circuit breakers have been tripped, contact an electrician to inspect them before turning them on.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Don’t use a gas stove to heat your home and do not use outdoor stoves indoors for heating or cooking. If using a generator, keep it outside in a well ventilated area away from windows.
  • Decide if you need to stay or go. Evacuate if your home is too hot or too cold, or if you have medical devices that need power. Communities often provide warming or cooling centers and power charging stations.

Potential Landslide Safety:

  • Stay informed about the risk of landslides in your area. Most landslides are caused by events like heavy rain, snowmelt, earthquakes or wildfires.
  • If you suspect you are in danger, evacuate immediately. Take your pets with you, inform your neighbors and contact emergency officials.
  • Listen for unusual sounds like trees cracking or boulders knocking together that could indicate moving debris.
  • For more information, visit redcross.org/landslide.

Help Those in Need

  • You can help people affected by disasters like storms and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767), or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Sign Up to Volunteer

  • While volunteering needs are in flux as the current weather event passes through our region, we are likely going to need more volunteers to support our response in the coming days. Sign up to volunteer at redcross.org/volunteer

Stay Up-to-Date on Social Media

  • Updated information on the Red Cross response to this storm, and preparedness information is continually updated on regional social media channels:

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