TEMPE — Right now in the Valley of the Sun, it is the calm before the season of storms.
Monsoon 2019 is only about two weeks away, so first responders are asking that you put preparedness at the top of your weekend to-do list.
To help residents figure out what they need to do, the city of Tempe is offering an event to residents called Operation Sandbag on Saturday.
The city's website writes:
Tempe is holding a monsoon preparedness event with Tempe Fire Medical Rescue and Police cadets to help residents prepare sandbags, while also providing tips on how to weather the storm.
Saturday, June 1
- 9 to 11 a.m.
- Solid Waste Compost Facility
- 1001 N Rio Salado Parkway (access drive north of Rio Salado Parkway and Hardy Drive)
Beginning June 1, Tempe will have sand, bags and shovels available at two locations for self-service:
Tempe city officials share the following tips on how to be ready for the storms:
- Clear debris from roof gutters and downspouts.
- Trim trees, especially those close to the house, to help prevent breakage and uprooting.
- Pre-treat pools with chlorine shock to help prevent algae growth.
- Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris. City crews are checking and clearing storm drains to allow rainwater to drain as efficiently as possible; residents can help by clearing any debris from the gutters adjacent to their property.
- If you live in a flood-prone area, pack a three-day bag of supplies, including clothes and medications, in case you need to relocate quickly.
- Keep pets indoors when storms are predicted.
For more safety tips from the city, click here.