Valley agencies offer tips on staying safe ahead of storms
Posted: Sep 20 2015 10:11PM MST
Video Posted: Sep 20 2015 10:19PM MST
Updated: Sep 20 2015 10:23PM MST
A large portion of the desert southwest is expecting two to three, or maybe even four inches of rain and the potential for storm-like weather, so valley organizations are gearing up and giving tips on how you can stay informed and safe.
The National Weather Service in Phoenix is predicting a large amount of rain to fall throughout the valley, beginning mid-morning Monday and continuing through the day Tuesday.
With the potential for major rain in the area, several agencies across the valley are preparing for the worst.
We spent the day talking to folks from The Salt River Project, the National Weather Service and the Arizona Department of Transportation. All of them tell us that when the forecast looks like it does for Monday and Tuesday, it's all hands on deck for safety.
While Mother Nature has a mind of her own, there are some simple things you can do to be more prepared.
"The big thing is, have batteries available, know where your flashlight is," says Scott Harelson with The Salt River Project.
Even though losing power can make you feel like you're living in the dark ages -- companies like SRP have taken notifications into the 21st century with Twitter, Facebook, even text messages.
"You may be out, and you can get a text message telling you that your power [is] out," Harelson says.
Although smartphones are helpful, don't forget to use your head, especially when it comes to flash flood safety.
"With this much rain in the forecast over the next 24 to 36 hours, we're concerned that there could be the potential for some pretty significant flooding impacts," says Dan Leins with the National Weather Service.
That's why experts at ADOT are reminding drivers to go a little bit slower, stay aware of road warnings, and if you get caught in a tricky situation, pull over.
"The best idea if you get caught on the road and it's a heavy downpour, you're uncomfortable, is to get off the freeway as soon as you possibly can and just wait until the rain moves through," says Caroline Carpenter with the Arizona Department of Transportation.