Sandbags and Storm Preparation
Mesa Fire Department has sand available. Please
bring your own shovel, we currently have bags
available at the following stations.
Sand is located the following City of Mesa
Fill the bags one-half to two-thirds full. The
bag, when filled, should lie fairly flat.
Over-filled bags are firm and do not nestle into one
another; tight bags make for a leaky sandbag wall.
Tying is not necessary
Phoenix - Sandbag locations
Scottsdale - Sandbag locations
The Mesa Fire Department would like to remind all
residents that with the warning of bad weather upon
us it is time to ensure you are prepared for any
storm related incidents. The Mesa Fire Department
has sand available. Please bring your own shovel.
Fill the bags one-half to two-thirds full. The bag,
when filled, should lie fairly flat. Over-filled
bags are firm and do not nestle into one another;
tight bags make for a leaky sandbag wall. Tying bags
is not necessary. We currently have bags available
at the following stations.
Identifying the Danger:
- Some of the potential emergencies in Arizona
that residents need to be aware of and plan for
- Monsoon storms
- Power outages
- Extreme heat conditions
- The monsoon brings rain that is needed and
welcomed, but along with that rain comes many
- According to the website
flooding is the nation's most common natural
Thunder Storms and Lightning:
- If you can hear thunder then you are close
enough to be struck by lightning.
- Go to a sturdy building or a hard-topped
vehicle. You should remain in this shelter 30
minutes after the last thunder is heard.
- Telephone lines conduct electricity, so
avoid using the phone during a storm.
- Metal pipes also conduct electricity; so
avoid taking showers and baths or using running
watering during a storm.
- Bring pets indoors because lightning is very
scary for them and they are likely to panic and
- Arizona thunderstorm winds often exceed 40
mph and straight-line winds can exceed 100 mph.
- Move in to a central interior room away from
windows to avoid blowing debris that could
- If you are driving in high winds reduce
speed and anticipate steering correction when
moving from protected to unprotected wind areas
or when encountering large passing vehicles.
- Be aware of high profile vehicles; trucks,
semis, buses, campers, or those towing a trailer
because they can be unpredictable during high
- There is also a need to evaluate large trees
close to your home as a hazard due to the ground
being highly saturated and high winds.
- If you are caught in a dust storm while
driving, pull off the roadway as far as safely
possible. Turn off your headlights and
taillights, put your vehicle in park, and take
your foot off the brake.
- With reduced visibility, other drivers
behind you could see the brake lights and assume
you are driving on the road and follow your
- When severe dust storms occur you
should consider cleaning your smoke detectors.
Dust can clog detectors and cause false alarms.
- Nearly half of all flood fatalities are
vehicle related (National Weather Service).
Never drive into a flooded roadway.
- It is extremely difficult to estimate the
depth of running water or the strength of a
- Never drive around barricades. They are
there for a reason-usually because flooding is
anticipated or already happening. In addition,
the road could be damaged and unsafe for
- It only takes 1 to 2 feet of water to float
most vehicles, including SUVs.
- Never allow children to play near washes or
storm drains after any rainfall. Children can be
Downed Power Lines:
- Across a roadway:
- Consider any downed power line energized
and dangerous. Never touch a downed power
line or anything close to a downed power
line. High voltage can travel through the
ground. Stay at least 100 feet away from any
- Across a vehicle:
- If the vehicle is occupied, stay in the
vehicle until professional help arrives.
Avoid contact with metal surfaces both
inside and outside the vehicle. If there is
a fire in the vehicle, jump from the vehicle
landing on both feet. Hop away, keeping both
feet in contact with each other until you
are at least 100 feet from the vehicle.
- Residents should also check flat roofs for
any debris that might be clogging the down
spouts of the structure.
- The Public Safety Communications Center is
utilizing the technology available to them such
as 800MHz radio, the CAD system, and continuous
training of staff to efficiently deal with the
affects of monsoon season. Back-up plans are in
place to address unusual events such as power or
telephone outages, etc.
- During a monsoon storm calls in to the
Public Safety Communications Center more than
- One of the difficulties faced during the
monsoon season is that residents will call 9-1-1
to find out about the status of their power
- It is appropriate to call for
electrical emergencies, but 9-1-1 will not know
any information when it comes to duration of
- Precious time is spent referring citizens to
the appropriate electric company. Keep these
numbers handy: SRP 602-236-8888 to report a
power outage SRP 602-236-8811 to report downed
power lines or electrical emergency City of Mesa
Electrical emergencies (power outages, lines
down, transformer sparking)
- (480)-644-2265 during regular business
hours, M-F 7:00 a.m. â€“ 3:30 p.m. excluding
- (480)-644-2262 after hours-weekends,
nights, and holidays
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