Jeff Hansen & Arvin Paredes


Downtown San Jose Condo & Townhouse Living

Are You Prepared?


The Sky From Last Night

The Sky From Last Night


It’s hard to believe we’ll be experiencing one of the biggest storms in the Bay Area. For a while, the weather in our area has been beautiful while California as a whole is going through a drought. There’s no doubt we need this rain. We know that this isn’t specific to downtown San Jose, but we want people to be prepared for this storm as much as possible. We came across a post from the sfgate blog announcing “how to prepare for the big Bay Area storm.” After reading through the list, we realized there’s a lot more people can do/have to be prepared. Without further ado, Here is sfgate blog’s list for preparing for the storm that we are already experiencing.



— Do not drive through flooded areas. It’s hard to tell what’s beneath the water’s surface or how deep it is.

— Be vigilant driving on roads where the flood waters have receded; roads could be weakened by the rains.

— If your windshield wipers are on, your headlights should be too.

— Gas up your car now before the storm hits.

— In the unlikely event a power line falls on your car, stay inside the vehicle and wait for a trained professional to help you.

— Stay alert for vehicle hydroplaning.

— Gently apply brakes and avoid sharp turns.

— Leave extra distance between your car and the next motorist.

— Open the window a crack if you’re caught in stalled traffic to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.


— Bottled water — The Red Cross recommends one gallon per person per day. If the power goes out, you may not be able to use well water if electricity to the pump isn’t flowing, or flooding may contaminate your water source.

— Nonperishable food

— Flashlights and extra batteries

— Candles and matches

— Toilet paper — You never realize how much you need toilet paper until you don’t have any.

— Cash — If your local stores lose power, they may stay open but credit card readers won’t work.

— A fully charged cell phone — Now is not the time to let your battery go into the red zone. Backup chargers that don’t require electricity are also a good idea.

— A battery-operated radio


— Make sure they have enough food (and water).

— Designate an emergency pet sitter if you can’t get home due to weather.

— Make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag or is microchipped. Scared pets can run off during storms.

— Bring outdoor pets indoors for the duration of the storm.

Please stay safe out there! How else are you preparing?

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