San Bernardino County agencies are preparing for the arrival of storms associated with Hurricane Hilary and are urging the public to do the same.

The county may experience strong winds and heavy rainfall over the weekend and into Monday. San Bernardino County will push a series of weather alerts and safety tips through its social media platforms beginning today.

The County Flood Area Safety Task Force (FAST) and CalOES will monitor and prepare for potential impacts to our communities, with additional focus on areas recently burned by wildfires. County Flood Control is pre-staging equipment and barricades in flood-prone areas. Flood Control’s network of cameras will be monitored by staff, offering remote visibility of County flood channels and basins.

Additionally, electronic message boards are being strategically placed in Oak Glen and Forest Falls. The county has also been in contact with hospitals in the mountain communities to ensure they are prepared.

The County Emergency Operations Center will be ready to activate if necessary.

County leadership is urging the public to make sure they are signed up for emergency notifications and have downloaded the SB Ready disaster app through the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District. The public is also advised to have supplies on hand to protect and sustain their families and homes.

“The county and our partners will do our part to prepare and protect our residents as we make our way through this weather event,” said Third District Supervisor and Board of Supervisors Chair Dawn Rowe. “We encourage our residents to monitor our social media platforms closely to receive important information.”

Residents are encouraged to pick up sandbags in advance of the storm, which may be available through San Bernardino County Fire.

“Sandbags are available at our fire stations,” said San Bernardino County Fire Chief Dan Munsey. “I strongly encourage our residents to prepare their properties for this storm. Our fire district is working closely with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services to ensure our county is prepared for flood and debris flow.”

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department urges everyone to take precautions while out on the road and avoid driving through flooded streets. Remember to turn around, don’t drown!

For storm news and updates, connect with San Bernardino County on Facebook, Instagram, X (Twitter), Tik Tok and YouTube.

Additional County Update News – August 18, 2023

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