Government forecasters say there are increasing odds that a strong El Nino will be developing in the Pacific Ocean this year. The anticipation of rain and flooding has many people concerned for their homes and businesses. According to Bill Croyle, deputy director of emergency preparedness for California’s Department of Water Resources, has indicated, “We could see upward of 200 percent of normal rainfall…there’s going to be those key areas that have been problematic in the past…but this could be widespread.”
So what can owners and tenants of both homes and businesses do to prepare for an El Nino?
- Consider purchasing flood insurance. Call our office and we would be glad to help.
- Doing a general inspection of your property at this time is advisable. Keep debris away from your structures and property in an effort to divert water away from your structure. Make sure that trees are trimmed. You may want an arborist to inspect the root systems. If you have any concerns about your roof, have a licensed roofing contractor inspect your roof for loose tiles, leaks, etc. Additionally, sandbags are available at many local fire stations. Consult your local entities websites for further information.
- Inspect and clean out rain gutters. Many local services such as Superior Raingutters in Fallbrook (www.superiorrainguttersandawnings.com) not only install but clean out rain gutters. Having them cleaned regularly will make them more efficient.
- Keep emergency supplies available for you and your family. That would include food, water, medications, first aid kits, flashlights, etc. Make sure your vehicles have no less than ½ tank full of gas.
Planning now is the key to weathering through an El Nino. For further information, call Hatter, Williams & Purdy Insurance and we would be glad to assist with flood insurance or providing resources for an El Nino.