Weather forecasters are predicting this year’s  El Niño will bring significant rainfall and strong
winds – the kind of conditions that may result in flooding, landslides, and downed trees and
power lines throughout the City. The City of Oakland is preparing in advance to mitigate the
impacts of severe weather and to protect residents, businesses and properties. While we cannot
predict specific impacts to Oakland, we do know that preparedness is the key to resiliency. We
are urging residents and businesses to prepare -- before heavy rains begin.
This memo provides information about steps the City is taking to prepare for El Niño and strong
winter storms, and summarizes the communications efforts underway.