Some floods develop slowly, while flash floods strike in minutes.  Stay tuned to your radio (1530 AM and 107.3 FM) or TV when there is a possibility for flooding.  You can also review your area's flood evacuation map (in External Links below.)


Please develop a plan with your family using tips from the City's Emergency Preparedness Personal Readiness web page, or the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Service (External Links below.)


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

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


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.


 Checklist to Protect Your Family During a Flood

  • 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 prone to sudden flooding.
  • Never walk through moving water more than 6 inches deep.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas.
  • Avoid camping in areas along streams and washes, especially during threatening conditions.



Sandbags to protect personal property are available from local home improvement stores.  Please visit the San Joaquin County OES site (listed in External Links below) for sandbag availability.  

To see proper placement and filling of sandbags, click on the Sandbag YouTube Training Video (External Links below.)


Lightning Tips


  • 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.



External Links

American Red Cross

California Emergency Management Agency (CALEMA)

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

Flood Evacuation Maps

Ready.Gov - Provides disaster preparedness tips

Sandbags - Training Video

Sandbags - Local Suppliers 

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

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 2/24/2017