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Are You Ready for Monsoon Season?

Thursday , June 27 , 2019

Ready or not, Monsoon season officially starts on June 15th and lasts through September 30th.

Dust Storms  

Dust storms may arrive quickly without any warning. It’s important to know that if you are driving when a dust storm hits, you should do the following:

  • Pull off to the side of the road and turn off your car lights, including emergency flash.
  • Set your emergency brake and remove your foot from the brake.
  • Keep your seatbelt fastened.
  • Wait it out until the dust storm has passed.

Heavy Rain

  • Slow down when driving in the rain, especially when it’s heavy rain, as tire traction is reduced and will cause vehicles to hydroplane.
  • Vehicles traveling at high speeds can send sheets of water on to your car.
  • Don’t drive through rain-swollen washes as you may get caught in a flash flood. Arizona has a “Stupid Motorist Law.”
  • Check road restrictions and closures, call 5-1-1 or visit Arizona's Travel information Alerting System.

Flash Floods

With heavy rains, there is always the possibility of flash floods. Under no circumstance should you drive your vehicle intentionally through a flooded area as Arizona has a “Stupid Motorist Law.” If you’re caught in a wash during a flash flood, follow these steps:

  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Get onto the roof of your vehicle and wait for help to arrive.
  • If the water is shallow and slow moving, wade to safety.
  • Be aware of debris and potential wildlife.
  • Check road restrictions and closures, call 5-1-1 or visit Arizona's Travel information Alerting System.

Excessive Heat

With the temperatures rising in the Valley, there will be more excessive heat warnings in effect throughout the summer. What do you need to know about these warnings?

  • Be sure to drink plenty of water even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid caffeinated beverages.
  • When you’re out in the sun, protect your face and head by wearing sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Never leave your child or your pet in the car. On a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. If you see a child or pet locked in a car, call 9-1-1. If the child or pet is in distress, break a window to get the car unlocked.
  • The best way to stay cool is to stay inside during peak hours. If you have to do yard work, work in pairs and take frequent breaks.
  • Check in on your elderly and sick neighbors as they are more likely to become victims of excessive heat.
  • The Arizona Department of Health Services has more information about how to stay safe in this extreme heat. You can also sign up to receive future heat alerts.


Lightning can strike 60 miles away from the nearest rainfall. If you hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning. Here are a few precautions to take during a thunderstorm.   

  • Take shelter during a thunderstorm and lightning and stay put until the storm has completely passed, which is approximately 30 minutes after you hear the last thunder.
  • Stay away from trees, porches, swimming pools and open areas.
  • When indoors avoid touching any wires and plumbing. Do not use corded telephones or any electrical appliances.
  • If someone is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1.


Often when lightning strikes, it increases the chances of causing a wildfire. Here are a few tips to protect your home from a fire.

  • Clear brush at least 30 feet away from your home.
  • Trim tree branches away from chimneys and electrical lines.
  • If a fire erupts, call 9-1-1.
  • Develop a home evacuation plan and practice it.
  • Establish two exit routes out of your neighborhood.

Visit Arizona Emergency Information Network, to learn more about monsoon preparedness.