Frequently Asked Questions




Flood Planning - The Federal Perspective

Understanding where I live and how floodplains may affect me....


Flood Maps, Insurance and Information

Flood Maps, Insurance, and general Flood Information.  Link to to be directed to the Map Service Center where easily created “FIRMettes” will allow a site specific, personalized Flood Insurance Rate Map.  Learn how to request a Letter of Map Amendment, Letter of Map Revision, Forms, Documents and Software, Online Tutorials, Recovery Information, including removing mold, salvage guidelines and more. The City also has a GIS map available on the City website. The map has several layers to choose from, one of which is the FEMA flood plain layer. The site can be accessed at


National Flood Insurance Program

Be FloodSmart!  Learn the Basics, Find your Flood Risk, NFIP in our Community, Estimate your Premium, Find an Agent at


Understanding our Local, State and National Weather

Access to find complete and up-to-date information including Active Weather Alerts, Warnings and Forecasts, Graphical Forecasts, National Maps, Radar, Water, Air Quality, Satellite and Climate Information, Observations, Forecast Models, and more.

Access to receive text messages by State, by Type, Severe Weather, River / Stream Gauge Information, Weather Safety.  (This site also accessible at

Access to find Education and Outreach Projects.  Whether you are just curious about the weather, you are an educator wanting to help your class to learn about weather and safety, want brochures, statistical information, maps and charts, and even National Weather Service Training for many types of hazards, this site will provide something for everyone! 


Would you like to be a weather spotter?

With the proper equipment, you can be of service to your community by accessing, an Online Weather Reporting System.  You must have on-line access in order to both receive training and access for reporting purposes. 

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Flood Planning - The State of California Perspective

Understanding State of California floodplain management....


What information is available through the State of California?

A link to offers valuable information from the Department of Water Resources regarding California's plan and initiatives.  Information regarding Rebuilding the System and Reducing the Risk is available at

Would you like to learn more about California’s emergency management? 

Are you curious about emerging weather, other natural disasters, Pandemic Flu, California’s Wireless Alert and Warning System Project, the California Service Corps?  Access to learn about these topics and much more.

Are you interested in all of California’s hazards and what you can do to actively mitigate these hazards, including the Approved 2010 State Hazard Mitigation Plan?  

Browse to for all of the latest information including Planning Resource, Education, Hazards, FAQ's, and who to contact.  
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Flood Planning - The City of Yucaipa Perspective

Understanding your community’s efforts in floodplain management....

Would you like to understand the source of  Yucaipa’s floodplain?

Locate your property and the potential effects of flooding.  Access  or the City of Yucaipa GIS website

Would you like to know more about Yucaipa’s flood risks and how to actively mitigate this hazard? 

Access the City of Yucaipa’s Hazard Mitigation Plan, describing Yucaipa’s risks, suggestions to mitigate the short- and long-term effects of flooding, stormwater management, pictures and newspaper articles describing historic floods, statistics, and more.

The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) maintains an interactive site that will profile all of your hazards. By accessing and entering your street address or just “Yucaipa, California” a map of the City of Yucaipa showing site-specific hazards will help you to determine hazard information, ways to minimize the associated risks, and emergency preparedness information that will prove helpful, no matter what the risk.


What is the Community Rating System and how does it affect me? 

City of Yucaipa and the Community Rating System

As a “CRS Community,” Yucaipa has committed to a variety of mitigation measures that will progressively lower flood insurance premiums for those residents whose properties are located within the floodplain and require the added level of insurance protection provided through the National Flood Insurance Program.  For more information about the Community Rating System and what we must do to gradually increase our rating, please access


Do you believe that you may need sandbags?

Click Here for information regarding sandbags.


Would you like to know more about your community’s requirements for developing in the floodplain?

This information may be accessed via the City's online Municipal/Development Code. You can also see how the City of Yucaipa works hard for you through the National Flood Insurance Program.  The City of Yucaipa maintains complete information regarding Yucaipa’s Flood Elevation Certificates.   For further information on the requirements to obtain elevation certificates, and copies of elevation certificates, please contact the City of Yucaipa Building and Safety Division at 909-797-2489.


What are Yucaipa’s current flood protection projects?

For that information and more, please access the City of Yucaipa’s Hazard Mitigation Plan.


How does the City of Yucaipa strive to maintain its drainage system?

Storm drain systems, basins and open channel sections within city jurisdiction for operation and maintenance are inspected and maintained by City crews prior to and during the rainy season.  In significant storm years, private contractors have been hired to support City crews with necessary maintenance activities in emergency situations. The drainage systems are documented each year with standard inspection forms. The forms are submitted to the operation crews with items that need to be addressed prior to the upcoming storm season. In addition, all of the City catch basins that collect street drainage are cleaned out annually and documented for the City Storm Water Program’s (NPDES) annual report. The annual report is submitted to the Regional Water Quality Control Board each July. In addition, all the drainage facilities that are operated and maintained by San Bernardino County Flood Control District (SBCFCD) are maintained by them on an as-needed basis. Facilities operated and maintained by SBCFCD within the City of Yucaipa include most of Oak Glen Creek, Wilson Creek, and portions of Wildwood Creek. For questions regarding SBCFCD facilities call their general information number at 909-387-7906.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I protect myself and my property?

Where can I find information regarding Flood Safety? Where can I find information regarding property protection measures? Several websites provide excellent information for residents of all ages! For basic emergency preparedness information, access (ESP Focus/January 2008). To learn more about property protection guidelines, access Educators and school-aged children can find excellent classroom tools and fun activities by accessing


Where can I find information on how to obtain flood insurance?

The Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) and the State of California Department of Water Resources provide the most comprehensive sources of information to obtain flood insurance.


Does the City of Yucaipa have any projects that exemplify Natural/Beneficial Functions?

The City of Yucaipa maintains a significant number of Public Institutional projects that are excellent examples of natural/beneficial functions! In fact, the City of Yucaipa has recently received two awards for its “Three Basins, Many Benefits” project located on the east side of Bryant Street, just south of Oak Glen Road. (Link to Three Basins report and I will scan the SAWPA/OWOW award.


Is the City of Yucaipa restrictive regarding development in the floodplain/Special Flood Hazard Area?

Yes. The City of Yucaipa has regulations concerning development in its floodplain/Special Flood Hazard Area. For more information contact the Building and Safety Division at 909-797-2489 extension 225.


I’ve been told that special conditions may apply to a home improvement project I am planning. Where can I find information about Substantial Improvement/Damage Requirements?

The best source of information regarding floodplain management, including “Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage requirements may be found at This is a home study course that provides an opportunity to learn about floodplain management, and it goes one step beyond to learn about property protection, flood mitigation activities, and other critical information for the serious homeowner or an individual who is looking for research material.


I am thinking about purchasing property that may be subject to special requirements, including the need for an Elevation Certificate. Does the City of Yucaipa maintain a database of Citywide Elevation Certificates?

Yes. For information, contact the Public Works/Engineering Division, 909-797-2489, extension 228.


What if a large flood should occur? How will I get to safety? Will I be able to get to work? How will I recognize the severity of the event?

Weather alerts are commonly announced during periods of intense storms. Accessing either or will provide you with the most up-to-date information for our area or others to which you plan on traveling. From your home computer, you can also request that alerts be sent to your computer or mobile phone! “Apps” are available for your cell phone, as well.

The City of Yucaipa maintains a Reverse 211 System. Using a geographical information system, your home phone (if it is listed) will be dialed automatically. You will be told about the nature of the emergency and given instructions on what to do. You may be asked to evacuate. If that is the case, it is best to heed that advice. Public Safety officials can do a better job of keeping you safe and your property protected if they remain unhampered to do their jobs effectively.

The newest warning system available to local residents was unveiled on December 9, 2010. Residents can now sign up for emergency alerts via text message and VolP. To sign up for this new feature, access