This time of year in the Sierra Foothills can bring with it unsettled weather and winter storms. Being prepared for winter storms can ease the stress and inconvenience of winter storms. Here are a few handy tips to make sure you are ready. 

  • Water - Three day supply minimum, the American Red Cross recommends one gallon person per day.
  • Food - At least three days of non-perishable food. Easy to prepare food that does not require electrical power to prepare.
  • Flashlight/ lanterns, winter storms can sometimes knock power out for days at a time
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio, with weather band if possible
  • Extra Batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Alternate heat methods, such as a fireplace. Also make sure you have an ample wood supply
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Warm clothes for every member of the family.

The Red Cross has detailed winter storm preparedness web page to help you prepare.

What happens after the storm? You may need clean up including tree removal and clean up, a good local resource to call is:

  • Elwood Stocker 619-985-9170

During or after storms you may need to contact your utility companies regarding outages or loss of service. In the case of downed power lines leave the area immediately and call 9-1-1

  • PG&E's 24-hour Customer Service Center 1-800-743-5000
  • AT&T's Customer Service Center 1-800-331-0500
  • Georgetown Divide Public Utility District (Water) 530-333-4356

If you have any knowledge of County infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc) please contact El Dorado County at 530-642-4909 (Source: