Public Safety

Surprise mayor proclaims Monsoon Awareness Week

City offers safety tips for Monsoon 2022

Posted 6/8/22

Surprise Mayor Skip Hall has proclaimed June 12 through 18 to be Monsoon Awareness Week in the city, and he encouraged residents to prepare for severe weather during the unpredictable season.

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Public Safety

Surprise mayor proclaims Monsoon Awareness Week

City offers safety tips for Monsoon 2022

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Surprise Mayor Skip Hall has proclaimed June 12 through 18 to be Monsoon Awareness Week in the city, and he encouraged residents to prepare for severe weather during the unpredictable season.

Monsoon season is observed typically from June 15 through Sept. 30 and is characterized by an increase in thunderstorm and lightning activity, high winds, dust storms and flash floods.

While the severity of weather can vary each season, it is essential that Surprise residents have a monsoon safety plan in place and be ready for all possible weather-related occurrences.

Here are some tips and resources to help you prepare for the upcoming Monsoon season:

At home: The safest place is indoors during any significant storm. If you are at home, turn off all unnecessary power equipment to prevent damage from power surges or outages. Make sure your home is equipped with an emergency preparedness kit that includes flashlights, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food items and first aid supplies.

In your car: Dust storms and heavy rain can decrease visibility and increase road hazards when driving. Slow down if you are driving during a storm, and if necessary, pull off to the right side of the road as far as possible, then turn off your engine and lights. Be sure to take your foot off the brake pedal.

Never attempt to drive through flooded intersections or roadways! Even shallow flowing water has enough power to sweep your vehicle off the road or stall your engine. If you approach a flooded area, safely turn your vehicle around and find an alternate route.

Flash floods: Monitor weather reports and listen for potential flood alerts in your area. Knowing where to find sand and sandbags is essential to protecting your home and family when flooding is imminent. Sand and bags are provided free of charge to Surprise residents at multiple locations throughout the city, but you will need to bring your own shovel to fill the bags. Visit surpriseaz.gov/monsoon to find your closest sand and bag location.

If you are experiencing or encounter an emergency, immediately dial 9-1-1.

Residents are encouraged to download the My Surprise app to easily submit pictures and reports of downed trees, roadway debris, clogged storm drains, or other non-emergency situations. These reports assist the City with timely storm safety and recovery actions. The My Surprise app is available in the App Store, Google Play or online at surpriseaz.gov/mysurprise.

To report these storm issues by phone during regular city business hours, contact the Public Works Department at 623-222-1900. After-hours calls should go to the Surprise Police Department non-emergency line at 623-222-4000.

Visit surpriseaz.gov/monsoon for a complete list of monsoon safety tips and resources.

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