Be Prepared Sacramento

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 American River


While some cities and states prepare for emergencies caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, wild fires and earthquakes, Sacramento generally views flooding as our greatest threat.  We are a city which shares our space with two rivers - The Sacramento and The American.  Our levee system, while being improved as an ongoing project, isn't in a state of perfection.

Preparing for the unexpected is your best defense against most emergencies and disasters. Knowing what to do before an emergency arises enables you to respond quickly. Don't be caught unprepared. Makes plans now to be safe then. has many resources on its website which help Sacramentans to PREPARE, RESPOND, RECOVER emergencies:

Get additional help on the Federal Be Prepared page

For those living in more rural areas of the Greater Sacramento Region, with threat of wildfires, in January 2005 a new state law, State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (BOF), came into effect that extended the defensible space clearance around homes and structures from the previous 30 feet to 100 feet. 

It has been found that proper clearance to 100 feet dramatically increases the chance of homes surviving a wildfire.  This defensible space also provides for more safety for firefighters when they are trying to protect homes during a wildfire.

It is important to note the 100 foot defensible space policy is much more than policy. . .It's the law!

For a complete list of recommended items to include in an emergency kit, you can visit the "Be Prepared California" website.  The site also includes other preparedness information.


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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hey Myrl,

I had no idea you guys were situated in such a location. Great tips with how to pre-pare and beware. Have a great day :)

Jan 16, 2011 07:20 AM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Laura - I have lived in Sacramento all my life, and for the most part, I haven't seen severe flooding, other than in areas near the levees.  In the 1950s, we were more vulnerablem than we are now.  We have Folsom Dam (upstream), which provides some protection and flood control.  We are in much better condition than we were in past decades.  However, there is still work to be done.

Jan 16, 2011 07:50 AM #2
Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township,

Hi Myrl:

Great post for people in Sacramento.

Always be prepared!

Jan 16, 2011 08:01 AM #3
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Myrl, This is a great post for people in your area.  It makes all the difference if some thought is given to a potential disaster.  I did not know you were near to rivers.


Jan 16, 2011 11:33 AM #4
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Myrl, I think the defensible clearance space increase will make a real difference especially here in the San Diego back country. Thankfully we haven't had any really serious fires the last couple years but with the changing weather patterns and the growth during wet times, the risk is ever greater. " Be Prepared" is certainly something that everyone in all areas of our state must hear!

Jan 16, 2011 01:03 PM #5
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

People who have lived in Sacramento their entire lives don't seem to be as concerned about the threat of flooding -- whether it's from the levees, too much rain or Folsom dam breaks -- we're at a greater risk for destruction than New Orleans. But nobody talks about it.

Jan 16, 2011 01:48 PM #6
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Myrl  As I recall when we lived in CA a fast thaw in the mountains brought serious flooding

Jan 17, 2011 12:58 AM #7
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