So its been months since the “threat” of El Nino was brought up to our attentions, and many of us Californians are left wondering if this was just an empty threat. For those of you who may live outside of California, or maybe just are not very familiar with what El Nino is, here is a little explanation for you. “‘El Nino’ is an atmospheric phenomenon, where the easterly trade winds in the equatorial Pacific weaken. This allows for the release of the warm surface water build up near Indonesia, and a general warming of the entire Pacific Ocean,” as our friends at http://www.kerngoldenempire.com put it. What all this really means is that here in the sunny state of California (sunny to the point where we have been declared to be in a state of severe drought) we are supposed to experience tons of rain! Which we are still all waiting for….so in the mean time, WHY NOT PREPARE!?
So although El Nino’s start date keeps getting pushed back, we all know the saying…It is better to be safe than sorry. 🙂 So here are some tips
1.) CHECK THOSE GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS.
How long has it been since you last cleaned out those gutters? or even made sure they were still safely and properly attached to your roofline? You want to make sure they are free of any debris so they can quickly and properly do their job, and you want to make sure they are securely attached so they stay put during any winds or heavy rainfall that may accompany a storm.
2.) FIX ANY LEAKS
This should be a no brainer, but make sure to fix any leaks you know are there before those big storms start to roll in. You may also want to hire a professional to take a look at your roof and fix any problems they may find, as we said in an earlier blog post…for any roof that slopes more than 20 degrees it is best to call a professional in to do the job.
3.) CHECK FOR SMALL DETAILS THAT MAY TURN INTO BIG PROBLEMS!
Things like car lights and new window wipers for your car, are something we may not think about, until we are driving in the middle of a storm and can barely see 5 inches in front of us. Also do not forget about your car battery and brakes! These are essential to have in great condition during storms. Another detail that can be easily overlooked is to check the slope of your balcony or deck, we don’t want water creating pools right outside our doors, or worst making its way inside, make sure the water can easily drain into a drainage system and away from your house. Don’t forget about the garden! you want to make sure you check if any soil in your front or back yard is tightly packed, and loosen it, looser soil will be able to absorb the rain better.
4.) MAKE SURE YOU HAVE WHAT YOU NEED
Things like a generator, flashlights, candles, anything that can help provide you with light should be essential to have in your home during storms, you never know when or for how long you can lose light. You may also want to have things on hand that can help divert water somewhere else, like sandbags or a sump pump. You should also make sure you have disaster kits ready for both your home and car. Go on https://www.ready.gov/kit-storage-locations for ideas on exactly what you should have in your emergency kits both for your car, home, and even work. If you have furry friends dont forget to prepare for them as well, go here http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/pets to find out how to best take care of your pets during emergencies.
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