Recent Storm Updates

We are updating the website with Road Closure information and a map of storm related 311 requests.

Thank you for your support while City of Oakland Public Works (OPW) crews continue to work through a backlog of requests due to the recent rains. City staff are not able to respond to every issue immediately; however, issues affecting public safety are given top priority. If you see any such emergencies occurring, please report them immediately by calling OAK 311. Dial 311 from any phone within Oakland or dial 510-615-5566.

Free Sandbags

Oakland Public Works has given out more than 35,000 free sandbags to community members, with CERT volunteers working alongside City staff to fill and distribute bags. The Municipal Service Center at 7101 Edgewater Drive has plenty of inventory ready to support Oaklanders at this time.

Shelter Capacity

The City’s year-round shelter at St. Vincent de Paul, located at 675 23rd Street in West Oakland, continues to have beds available for people through the weekend. Shelter beds can be secured through referral, reservation, and walk-up on a first come-first served basis. People seeking shelter should contact St. Vincent de Paul directly at (510) 638-7600.

There are additional spaces available at community cabins and other shelters throughout Oakland. For information on accessing other shelters, transitional housing and all other emergency housing in Alameda County, please call 211 (Eden Information and Referral).

MACRO continues to engage with unhoused Oakland residents to inform them of shelter options and coordinate transportation for those who need it. MACRO is also distributing blankets, water, socks and donated knitted hats and scarves. Community members who wish to advise MACRO of locations where outreach to the unhoused could be helpful can alert the team by emailing

In addition, Community Homelessness Services Case Managers & Operation Dignity are in the field daily and continue to encourage people to accept emergency shelter. Case Managers are distributing health & hygiene products and Operation Dignity is distributing extra ponchos, blankets, and sleeping bags provided by the County.

Food Resources Available

Alameda County Food Bank can help connect people to sources for groceries or a hot meal. Call the helpline at 510-635-3663, or visit The hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm.


Sandbag Operations
Jan 06, 2023

Friday Winter Storm Update

Since Thursday at noon, OAK311 has received 130 additional storm-related service requests bringing the total number of service requests this week to 812.

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How to Report Flood-Related or Storm-Related Problems

Please keep these numbers handy for emergencies, and share them with neighbors:

For storm-related emergency issues on public property and in the public right-of-way (such as flooding, mudslides, landslides, and manholes overflowing onto streets and sidewalks), contact OAK 311. Dial 311 from any phone within Oakland or call 510-615-5566.

For non-emergencies, OAK 311 can also be contacted in other ways:



Mobile App: or OAK 311, available in the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Androids

For downed power lines or if you smell natural gas, leave the area immediately and then call 9-1-1 or PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

For power outage alerts go online to alerts.

For water service emergencies (e.g., no water service, broken hydrants, broken water main pipes), contact EBMUD at 1-866-403-2683.

For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1 from a land line or (510) 777-3211 from a cell phone.

For non-emergency community resource referrals, call 211 anytime or text 898211 Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm for assistance.

Volunteer Needs and Opportunities

Oakland’s Community Emergency Response Team Training (CERT)

Help us #ReadyOakland. Through Oakland’s Community Emergency Response Team Training (CERT), individuals can organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers can support their neighborhoods and be effective until professional first responders can arrive. Once trained and CERTified as a Disaster Service Worker Volunteer [DSW-V], members may be called to serve by identifying and reducing potential hazards in their neighborhoods, recognizing life-threatening conditions and applying appropriate life-saving techniques, and supporting with situation and status reporting. In addition to supporting OPW’s free sandbags operations during weather events, CERT volunteers have helped their neighborhoods by surveying and completing storm hazard reporting for the City’s Emergency Operations Center.

To see CERT in action watch this video:

Adopt a Drain

Hundreds of volunteers across Oakland have adopted storm drains to help their neighborhoods prepare for rainstorms. It doesn't take much to keep a storm drain clear. A little volunteer effort goes a long way in helping Public Works maintain over 13,000 storm drains to reduce flooding and prevent pollution of our waterways. When you sign up to Adopt a Drain, you become eligible to borrow City tools and supplies, and you will receive the City's rain alert notifications.

Staying Safe During a Storm

Preparedness Tips for Residents and Businesses

Simple preparation steps taken now can lessen the impact of weather-related and other emergencies. Members of the public should review their emergency plans and prepare their families, homes, and vehicles. Here are some suggested steps:

  • Clear your gutters and downspouts; ensure downspouts are working and pointing away from your house
  • Keep your curbs and sidewalk gutters clear of leaves and debris (and please dispose of in your green bins – not sweep them into the gutter)
  • Check the storm drain near your house and use a rake to keep it clear of debris (see the City of Oakland’s Adopt-a-Drain program.)
  • Check that backflow prevention devices on sewer laterals/cleanouts are functioning properly – or consult a plumber to have one installed.
  • Trim trees on your property to help them handle wind and rain; call a certified arborist to inspect your trees if you observe unusual leaning or dead branches
  • Check out your local hardware store for flood prevention tools and techniques such as using sandbags to divert water away from your property or prevent it from coming in through doors and basement windows
  • Check in with friends, family and neighbors who may need assistance during extreme weather
  • Pack a “go bag” to evacuate quickly
  • Have insurance policies handy (tip: take photos of each room in your home beforehand).
  • Review emergency procedures and evacuation plans at your children’s schools
  • Make sure you have emergency supplies to last for at least three days, including enough water, food, medicine and other supplies for family members and pets

Stay up to Date on Emergencies and Public Safety

The public is encouraged to subscribe to AC Alert to receive emails and text messages. The system allows subscribers to provide up to five locations, such as a school, home, work and an elder dependent’s address. That way, subscribers will receive updates when an emergency alert impacts one of their self-identified locations.

AC Alert is a unified emergency notification system for Alameda County residents, businesses and visitors. An AC Alert subscription is free, and all residents and business owners are strongly encouraged to sign up. For more information about this system and to find out how to participate, please visit

For updated weather forecast, visit the National Weather Service or follow @NWSBayArea.