Our recent round of rain has reminded everyone that El Nino is on its way to San Diego! But, since we’re consistently blessed with mild weather, it can be hard to think about preparing for storms that we haven’t seen in years. Here’s our best tips for the 7 things to do now so you’ll be prepared for the wet winter weather!
1) Inspect your home. Consult with a qualified professional to get any damage repaired like loose or missing shingles on your roof, holes, or other signs of wear and tear on your home. There’s nothing worse than having a leaky roof when the rain won’t let up.
2) Clear and repair your gutters. Make sure your gutters are as rain-ready as the rest of your home! Clear them of any debris and trim back any branches or bushes. Strong wind and rain can knock debris into the gutters and block them.
3) Make a list. Note everything you own, including estimated value, and take photographs of your property inside and out. Make sure to store these items in a safe deposit box at the bank. In the event of an insurance claim, this will help the insurance adjuster.
4) Make copies. Create duplicates of your important documents for your home. Keep the originals of things like your passport and birth certificate in a safe deposit box at the bank.
5) Consider insurance. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, review your flood insurance policy and increase coverage if necessary.
6) Get supplies. Stormy weather means you could lose electricity. It could also make the roads slippery and dangerous to drive on. Stock up on non-perishable items like bottled water, canned foods, granola bars, crackers, trail mix, and other items you could eat in the event you lose power or can’t leave your house. This is also a good time to restock your first aid kit and pick up extra batteries and flashlights. And don’t forget your pets! Store extra pet food, medicines, and first aid supplies for your furry loved ones, too.
7) Consider a backup generator. If you or anyone in your home relies on electricity for medical needs, you may want to consider installing a backup generator in case your home does lose power.
What are your your best El Nino preparedness tips? Share them with us in the comments.