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 of flooding.  You can also review your area's flood evacuation map; a link is provided under 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 the radio or TV for information.
  • Flash Flood Watch - Flash flooding is possible and could occur without warning; stay tuned to the 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

Please develop a plan with your family using the planning guidelines provided at or

  • 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 are available from local hardware stores. This YouTube Training video provides instructions for the proper filling and placement of sandbags: Sandbags - Training Video

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

Last Update : 12/08/2023, 5:05:39 PM