Mesa Asks You to be Monsoon Ready

~ As summer approaches, the city of Mesa is preparing for the potential dangers of monsoon season. With the sudden onset of heavy rain and strong winds, power outages, downed trees and flooded streets can occur within minutes. Among those most vulnerable during these storms are the elderly and homebound individuals.

In light of this, Mesa Fire Chief Mary Cameli urges residents to check on their neighbors to ensure their safety. "Neighbors can serve as the first line of assistance to those most vulnerable during monsoon season," she stated. By getting to know your neighbors and helping each other with basic needs during and after a storm, first responders can focus on more urgent matters.

One way to help older and homebound neighbors is by making sure they have necessary supplies such as sandbags for flood protection and backup power sources for medical equipment or refrigerated prescriptions. It is also important for all Mesa residents to have an evacuation plan in case of severe storms and a disaster kit with essential items like water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, medications, and first aid supplies. Pet owners should also have a disaster kit prepared for their furry companions.

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To assist residents in preparing for monsoon season, the city has made sandbags available at various locations throughout Mesa. These include Fire Stations 202, 205, 209, and 212 as well as the Transportation Building and East Mesa Service Center. Residents are reminded to bring their own shovels when collecting sandbags.

For more information on storm preparation and a complete list of emergency contact numbers, residents can visit The city also utilizes social media platforms such as Twitter (@cityofmesa) and Facebook ( to provide updates during emergency situations.

As monsoon season approaches, it is crucial for residents to be prepared and stay informed about current weather forecasts. By working together as a community and looking out for our most vulnerable neighbors, we can minimize the impact of these powerful storms.

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