Lately, we have been hearing all the forecasts reference an El Niño type of winter. While no one can really say whether or not we will receive the predicted substantial amounts of rain, it is important for us to be prepared.
Your Apple Valley Fire Protection District wants to remind you as the rainy weather season approaches to be prepared by
making your house and property rain ready.
• Make sure any necessary home repairs are complete.
• Prepare your property. Identify places that may flood or have flooded in the past. Remember sandbags are a
great tool and are available to Apple Valley residents free of charge (10 per resident) at Fire District Headquarters
located at 22400 Headquarters Drive, Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
• Clean out ditches or other areas on your property that may cause flooding.
• Make sure your car is rain ready! Check your tires, replace windshield wipers, and make sure the emergency kit
in your car is stocked for the cold and rainy weather.
When the rains do arrive take the necessary steps to keep you and your family safe.
• Never drive around marked flood barricades and never drive into flood waters. Flood waters may be hiding washed
• Cars can be swept away in as little as 18-24 inches of moving water.
• Never attempt to walk or wade through flowing water. As little as 6 inches of water can sweep you off your feet
causing a potentially life threatening situation.
• If you find yourself in a situation in which you need help, call 911 immediately.
Always remember…When Flooded Turn Around Don’t Drown®
Visit: www.applevalleyfd.com for further safety information