El Nino is coming... Are You Ready? 5 Tips for preparing for a wet winter!

San Anselmo flood 2005

San Anselmo Flood December 31, 2005

After four years of drought, Californians could soon be contending with a wet winter as one of the strongest El Niños on record is brewing in the Pacific Ocean.

Here are five tips for preparing for the possibility of a season of heavy storms:

1) Have any trees that appear weakened by drought inspected by an arborist. In high winds, downed trees and branches can knock out power or seriously damage homes and vehicles.

2) Have roof repairs made and other leaks fixed before it starts to rain.

3) Make sure gutters are clear of leaves and other debris.

4) Consider flood insurance. Homeowners policies typically do not cover flood damage. Most flood policies require a 30-day waiting period.

5) In case of flooding, mudslides or other storm-related natural disasters, have an emergency plan in place for your family, and a dry place for storm supplies.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, Bruce Newman, bnewman@mercurynews.com

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