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Rain Tips

What To Do When It Rains

And Rains

And Rains

And Rains



. You may need to store materials like sand bags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber to protect your house from flood waters and to make quick repairs after a severe storm.

. Put sandbags or other protection in place, based on anticipated flood depths. Check with local authorities to determine the correct method of sandbagging.

For residences in the City of Torrance: EMPTY sandbags may be picked up at Torrance fire stations or at the City Services Facility located at 20500 Madrona Avenue. FILLED sandbags will only be available at the City Services Facility.  Call for availability.

There is a limit of 25 free sandbags per resident, depending on availability.  If you would like to pick up sandbags, please contact the Public Works Department at 310-781-6900 for availability of sandbags or to schedule a pick up time.  ID will be required at the time of sandbag pick up to show proof of Torrance residency.

For after-hour emergencies, call the Torrance Fire Department at 310-781-7042.

Contact your insurance agent to discuss flood insurance. Flood losses are not covered under normal homeowners' insurance policies.

If you have a video camera, make a video tape of your house and belongings before any potential damage is incurred.  Make a video tape of any damage.  This could be helpful for any insurance claims.

Keep a stock of food that requires no cooking or refrigeration. Store drinking water in clean, closed containers. Keep in mind any pets that will need food and water.  Remember, your electricity, gas and water services may be disrupted.

. Keep a portable, battery-operated radio, emergency cooking equipment and flash lights in working order; stock extra batteries. Have on hand first aid supplies and any medicines your family may need.

Establish local and out-of-state telephone contacts who will act as information centers.

. Make any roof repairs before the wet season. Clear debris from rain gutters and drains. Business and apartment buildings with subterranean parking should check the operation of their sump pumps. Contact the Gas Company for information on relighting pilot lights or with questions about gas appliances. Store sheet plastic if you anticipate leaks.

. Bring out-door belongings - such as garbage cans, garden equipment and furniture - inside the house or tie them down securely.

Make sure your pets have proper identification in case you and your pets become separated.  ID chips from your veterinarian and/or collars with tags (break-away collars for cats) will help insure your pets are reunited with you.

. Make sure you have enough fuel in your car during emergencies as filling stations may not be operating. Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not try to find short cuts on your own as they may be blocked.

Watch for and avoid mud slides, broken sewers or water mains, loose or downed electric wires, and falling or fallen objects.

. Do not drive into flooded areas. If flood waters rise around your car, abandon it and move to higher ground, if you can do so safely. You and your vehicle will be quickly swept away as flood waters rise. Under no circumstances should you try to swim or drive into the water.

Local flooding may overwhelm sewer systems. Residents should be careful about wading or driving in flooded areas. Residents will be advised by local media if water contamination is a problem.

. If there are high winds, board up windows or protect them with tape to prevent injury from broken glass.

. Do not consume food that has come into contact with flood water.

In heavy rains, be aware of flash floods. If you see any possibility of a flash flood occurring, move immediately to a safer location. Do not wait for instructions to move. Flood waters only one foot deep can sweep you off your feet!

. Report broken utility lines to authorities.

. Click here for the Torrance Police Department Emergency Preparedness webpage for more tips.


The City of Torrance, Emergency Services at 310-618-5725

The American, Red Cross at 310-330-7762.

Tune to KFWB 980AM and CitiCable
(Channel 22 -available in Torrance only) for Emergency Broadcast information.


Call 9-1-1 for emergencies such as flooding, roof collapse,
fires, gas leaks and serious medical problems or
other life-threatening situations.