Winter Storm Preparation

Here is information to help residents and businesses prepare, respond and recover from a winter storm.


Each year Oakland Public Works and Department of Transportation prepare to lessen winter storm-related impacts. City crews are: Cleaning storm drains, inlets, and drainage structures; inspecting City facilities for pre-storm maintenance; reviewing and revising disaster plans to prepare for 24/7 response; and coordinating planning efforts with other agencies in the region, including Alameda County. The City has compiled these tips to help Oaklanders prepare, respond and recover from these storms.


Sign up for AC Alert

The City of Oakland uses AC Alert to notify residents and business owners about emergencies. Please click on the link at the topof this page to go to the AC Alert home page.

Handling Emergencies

Please click on the button "Handling Emergencies" to learn more about how to prepare for a variety of emergencies, including winter storms. Here are some resources to help you plan for the next storm.

Emergency Sandbags & Plastic Sheeting
When heavy rains are forecast, Public Works will provide emergency sandbags (up to 10) and plastic sheeting (up to 20 feet) to Oakland residents and business owners as long as supplies last. Please click on the button "Emergency Sandbags and Plastic Sheeting" for more information about this service, or click here.


Adopt A Drain seeks volunteers to help keep storm drains clear of debris. By keeping storm drain inlets clear, you can help prevent flooding during storms. To learn more about this important program, please click on the button above.


Stay Informed

Alameda County's opt-in emergency alert and warning system, AC Alert, enables officials to provide important information quickly when there is a threat to the health and safety of residents. ALL residents and businesses should opt-in to add cellphone and e-mail information to ensure you receive emergency notifications in a timely manner. Click on "Sirens and Alerts" to how the City of Oakland keeps residents informed!

How to Report Flood-Related or Storm-Related Problems

Please keep these numbers handy for emergencies, and share them with neighbors:

For storm-related emergency issues on public property and in the public right-of-way (such as flooding, mudslides, landslides, and manholes overflowing onto streets and sidewalks), contact OAK 311. Dial 311 from any phone within Oakland or call 510-615-5566.

For non-emergencies, OAK 311 can also be contacted in other ways:

For downed power lines or if you smell natural gas, leave the area immediately and then call 9-1-1 or PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

For power outage alerts go online to alerts.

For water service emergencies (e.g., no water service, broken hydrants, broken water main pipes), contact EBMUD at 1-866-403-2683.

For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1 from a land line or (510) 777-3211 from a cell phone.


The U.S. Enviornmental Protection Agency (EPA) has prepared information about recovering from a flood in both English and Spanish. The page may be accessed here: