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Some floods develop slowly, while flash floods can strike in a matter of minutes. Stay tuned to your radio (1530 AM and 107.3 FM) or TV for information when there is a possibility for flooding. Please review your area's flood evacuation map in the external links section below.


Flood Emergencies

  • Flood Watch - Flooding is possible - stay tuned to radio or TV for information.

  • Flash Flood Watch - Flash flooding is possible and could occur without warning - stay tuned to radio or TV, and be prepared to move to higher ground.

  • Flood Warning - Flooding is occurring, or about to occur.

  • Flash Flood Warning - A flash flood is occurring - get to higher ground if necessary.



Sandbags for personal property protection are available from local home improvement stores.  Please visit the San Joaquin County OES website listed under External Links below for sandbag availability.

For helpful instruction and how to information regarding proper placement and filling of sandbags, click on the You Tube Sandbag Training Video website listed under External Links below.


 Protect your family in case of flooding

  • Learn flood evacuation routes and where to find high ground.
  • Evacuate if instructed by authorities, and return home only when they say it's safe.
  • Be aware of streams, washes and other low-lying areas that are prone to sudden flooding.
  • Never walk through moving water more than 6 inches deep.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas.
  • Avoid camping in ares along streams and washes, especially during threatening conditions.


Beware of Lightning


  • Avoid showering, bathing, and using a phone that has a cord, except in an emergency.
  • Unplug appliances and computers. Turn off air conditioners.



  • In a forest, seek shelter under small trees. Never stand under a tall tree in an open area.
  • In an open area, go to a low place such as a valley or ravine - but beware of flash floods.
  • Stay away from metal fences, pipes, equipment and machinery.


Disaster Preparedness

Disaster preparedness is essential for everyone.  Please take the time to develop a plan with your family.  Visit the City of Stockton Emergency Preparedness Personal Readiness web page, or, the External Links below for helpful personal safety planning tips.


If you have questions about the City of Stockton Office of Emergency Services, contact Stockton Fire Department Administration or the Office of Emergency Services.

In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.



External Links

You Tube Sandbag Training Video

Flood Evacuation Maps

San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services (SJ- OES)

American Red Cross

California Emergency Management Agency (CALEMA)

F.E.M.A.- Federal Emergency Management Agency

Ready.Gov - Provides disaster preparedness tips

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 12/3/2012