ALERT: Tropical Storm Warning, Resources to Prepare

Dear friend,

Hurricane Hilary is expected to hit Orange County as a tropical storm tomorrow, August 20th. Southern California hasn’t experienced a tropical storm since 1939, so as your Representative, I wanted to share resources to help you and your family prepare.

Among other dangers, here’s what our community should expect to experience on Sunday and Monday:

  • Heavy rain
  • Strong winds
  • Dangerous waves
  • Potential flooding

For the most up-to-date storm forecast and information, follow @NWSLosAngeles, @NWSSanDiego, and @NHC_Pacific on social media, or monitor the National Weather Service website HERE and the National Hurricane Center HERE


There are two big steps that I’m taking to prepare my family for this storm, and I urge you to do the same.

  1. Review FEMA’s guide on How to Prepare for a Hurricane. You can access this guide HERE. It has useful tips, supply lists, and help for preparing a plan to get through the storm safely. 

  2. Make sure you are signed up for AlertOC, to receive emergency alerts from authorities. This system provides mass notifications to your phone and email in the event of an emergency that may require immediate life-saving actions. SIGN UP HERE.

My office and I stand ready to swiftly connect our community with necessary federal resources when they become available. Stay connected with my office by following @RepKatiePorter on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, Instagram, and Threads for updates. And, please share this message with neighbors and loved ones who could benefit from this information.

Taking steps to adequately prepare is key to our community getting through this extreme weather event together.

Yours Truly,

Representative Katie Porter