With so much talk about the El Niño weather system and its potentially devastating effects, being prepared to deal with the onslaught of rain and wind is a necessity. I was reading through some preparedness articles and I found the one from the LA Times to be most complete because it talks about home and auto preparedness.
Here is a few tidbits from the article published 10.17.2015 that I found most helpful:
- Invest in a generator: If your neighborhood is susceptible to power outages, consider buying a portable generator or maybe even a permanent standby generator that kicks on as soon as power goes out. I found a generator at the home depot that would suit most needs here.
- If you recently converted your lawn to a drought tolerant hardscape, water may flow differently over your property. The spongy grass lawn that used to absorb water now is a hard packed soil that may not drain properly.
- Ants! The rain brings them out of their tunnels and into your home. Call your exterminator and have them do a preemptive strike on those six legged bad boys.
- Get new wipers, like now.
- Check those old tires. It might be time for new ones. The Auto Club of Southern California recommends that you have at least 50% tread available on your tires in wet weather.
- Put together a disaster kit for your home and your car. Here is a good resource for that: http://www.readysandiego.org/
For the full article from the LA Times Click Here.