The Solano Resource Conservation District along with the Solano County Water Agency has compiled this extensive manual titled Ready For Flood. This is an awareness and preparation manual for Solano County residents. You may also find details on the OES Website at www.solanocounty.com/oes under Flood Preparedness. Rio Vista has been affected by floods in the past and we urge you to view and keep this important document on hand to use as a major resource.
Preparing Your Home and Family
* Review and update your family emergency plan.
* Replenish your emergency supply kits including battery-operated radio and flashlights.
* Have extra blankets on hand.
* Have a plan for meeting the needs of infants, children, seniors and those with disabilities.
* Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family,
neighbors, livestock or equipment. Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches
that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
* Move family pets indoors or to an enclosure out of the elements. Likewise protect livestock or other
large animals from the cold weather.
* Move plants indoors or cover with blankets or plastic to prevent freezing.
* Maintain a sufficient supply of heating fuel.
* Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip during cold weather to avoid freezing.
* Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them.
House fires pose an additional risk, as people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the
necessary safety precautions.
* Do NOT bring heating devices into the home that are intended for outdoor use, such as barbecues
and other cooking equipment or other fuel burning devices. These items can produce deadly
* Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
For even more helpful tips, Click Here for the Solano County the Disaster Preparedness Kit webpage.
Dressing for the Weather
* Wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight; warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy
clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.
* Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.
* Wear a hat.
* Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
Traveling With Caution
* Have your car winterized and make sure it is working properly.
* Install good winter tires. Make sure the tires have adequate tread.
* Augment your car’s emergency supply kit with a shovel, windshield scraper and blankets.
* Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season.
* Check road conditions before departing.
* Let others know of your route and your estimated time of arrival.
Recognizing Symptoms of Exposure
* Confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and shivering are signs of hypothermia. Possibly: if you
experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
* Gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness or waxy skin are symptoms of frostbite. If you
experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
* In the case of overexposure to freezing temperatures, remove wet clothing and immediately warm
the body with a blanket or warm fluids like hot cider or soup. Avoid caffeine or alcohol.