How to Prepare for a El Nino

Prepping for El Niño and La Niña
How to West Coast Preppers can prepare

Prepare for El Niño (warm phase) and La Niña (cold phase).
Preppers in the West Coast are bracing for the storms -- bigger
and stronger ones.

The climate phenomenon known as El Niño, which is the result
of unusually warm temperatures along the Pacific's equator, is a
climate change that affects weather patterns around the world.
El Niño provides a boost of rain in certain regions.

It's a phenomena that happens every two to six years. As La
Niña ends in mid January, neutral conditions take over in
February and then the sea surface temperatures get warmer
signaling the start of El Niño. What does all this mean?

El Niño will hit harder in 2017 with above-median precipitation.
The first half of 2017 promises to be more forceful and this
means there will be more hurricanes to prepare for, and more
flooding to combat.










How to Prepare for El  Niño
Here's how to weather the storm and prepare for El Niño...

#1: Prepare your house for El Niño.

  • Keep emergency repair materials handy. Sandbags,
    tarps, heavy plastic sheeting and duct tape will be valuable
    in the last hours before a storm hits. While local
    authorities may make sandbags available to your
    community, they will be in limited supply or unavailable.
    Residents might be allowed a maximum of ten sandbags.
    What if you need more? What if your neighbors need more?
    As they are an inexpensive prep, it's good to have on hand
    when you need to set up a flood barrier.

  • Get a sump pump or service the one you have. Now
    that's "sump-thing" to think about! Even if you already
    have a sump pump, you may as well have your local
    plumber check it out. A  plumber can clean your sump pit,
    and remove debris to prolong use of this valuable piece of
    equipment. A sump pump is among the most important
    preps you'll have against El Niño . They remove water from
    basements and crawlspaces and can solve virtually all of
    your basement flooding and leaking problems.

  • Consider a battery backup for your sump pump. To
    really prepare for El Niño you'll need to overcome potential
    obstacles. Let's face it: your sump pump is only as good as
    its source of power. Take charge to ensure you always have
    a charge and make sure you have a battery backup for your
    sump pump.

  • Inspect your generator or get a generator. The time to
    get a generator is well before the storm. Now's the time to
    invest in a new generator if the one you own is
    questionable. Use our generator buying guide to get
    started. Even better than a generator is to get a
    permanent standby generator to kick in when the power
    fails.

  • Fix a leaky roof. John F. Kennedy once said, "The time to
    repair the roof is when the sun is shining." The key to
    avoiding a leaky roof is routine inspection and repair.

  • Clean the gutters regularly. Clean gutters of debris to
    ensure no leaves and branches clog the flow of water which
    will fall. Check again after the first big rainfall as that's
    when most of the debris will collect.

  • Branch out and check trees in the surrounding property.
    As trees gain water weight they can become a threat to
    buildings, fences and other property. It's nothing a little
    tree trimming can't fix, but it's better to consult an arborist
    than a tree cutter. Trim bushes.

  • Maintain the wood trim of your home. Repaint exterior
    trim as cracks in paint may lead to dry rot and something
    you might not expect - termites!

  • Anti-up and get rid of ants and termites! When down
    comes the rain, the ants will come marching in (along with
    the termites) unless you take a preemptive strike. Anti-up
    your pest control! Mix Borax with powdered sugar in places
    where you suspect ants will enter your home. If you've
    already found an ant trail, know Windex will kill them and
    is an effective deterrent for new ants in the army.

    As for the termites, you must remove any food sources
    before killing them. That may mean moving the wood pile
    that's by the side of the house. Here's how to get rid of
    termites.

#2: Prepare your car for El Niño.
Keeping your vehicles in tip top shape can help you weather the
storm, too:

  • Keep your gas tank full. Fuel may not be available
    following a flood as trucks can't get to your area or the
    destruction is too significant. In theory, preppers never
    leave their gas tank below the halfway mark.

  • Wipe away your wipers. Did you know you can extend the
    life of your wiper blades by a year by keeping them clean?
    Wipe the dirt and debris with an alcohol wipe, the kind you
    might find in your vehicle's first aid kit. Replace wiper
    blades so you can see where you're going.

  • Assault your battery. Check the car's battery and get rid
    of it, if its more than three years old . A car battery has a
    lifetime limited to around about five years.

  • Check your tires and rotate them! Keep an eye on treads
    as they won't be able to displace the water through groves
    if there isn't much grove left! Keep tires properly inflated
    so the rubber meets the road properly and you won't
    hydroplane.

While driving....

  • Reduce your driving speed and just slow down! The
    sudden on poring of rain could cause accidents. Drive
    slowly and carefully to avoid slamming on the brakes and
    hydroplaning.

  • Turn on your headlights, even during the day. In rain
    having your headlights on during daylight driving will help
    you two fold: you'll be able to see and you'll be seen!

  • Prepare for mud slides. After drought and wildfire when
    the rains return aggressively the land can't absorb into the
    soil. This rain could trigger mud, rocks and debris to come
    flowing down a hill.

  • Caught in a flood while in the car? You may feel overly
    confident in an SUV with four-wheel drive, but know that
    even two feet of water can sweep your car away into
    deeper waters quickly. Water pressure on the doors makes
    it extremely difficult to open the doors for escape.  In any
    event the door isn't your best exit as opening the door will
    let in more water, making the car sink faster. Try rolling
    down the window instead. Power windows will not stop
    working immediately. Then unbuckle your seat belt. If you
    act immediately to open the windows, you'll be better able
    to plan your escape. If you haven't rolled the windows in
    time, hopefully you've packed the hammer, picture right, to
    crack windows.

#3: Enhance your driving skills.
Get wise to the tips and tricks for driving in the rain. This short
video will give you the skills and secret tips you need to drive in
excessively rainy conditions:


















Above are eight secrets to safe driving in excessively rainy conditions.

#4: Make sure your insurance covers you.
Standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover floods. Get
renter's flood insurance or consult your homeowners insurance
agent regarding flood insurance.  Make sure you have protection
from the floods associated with
hurricanes, tropical storms, and
heavy rains.

#5: Get ready for flash flooding (even on foot).
Heavy and steady rains from El Niño are headed your way in
2016. El Niño is coming with a vengeance and it's important to
remember that everyone lives in a flood zone! In addition to
preparing your home and car for El Niño, make sure you're ready
in case you get caught in flash flooding on foot.

  • Don't go with the flow! Never walk through flowing water
    - ever! Even six inches of floodwater can make you lose
    balance. What's worse, the ground under the water flow
    may cause you to sink or get stuck.

  • Caught in a flood on foot? You can't fight the current, but
    you can ride it out the way you'd do if you lost control
    while river rafting. Point your feet downstream and keep
    your head up! Now work your way to the flood edge so you
    can grab hold of a bush or tree to pull yourself up.

In
preparing for flash floods, remember that your survival
strategy depends on your preparations even in just an inch of
water. Noah knew that concept and now you know how better to
prepare for floods. Read up on flash flooding.

#6: Prepare your grocery budget!
Forbes reports El Niño is the cause of higher prices at the
grocery store. The following foods are affected:

  • Coffee: Coffee is always a good prep, but now more than
    ever. As an example, the world's largest producer of
    Robusta coffee in Vietnam, accoring to U.S. News and
    World Report.
  • Maple Syrup: Apparently warm winters hurt the tapping
    season.
  • Palm oil. Palm oil is in all sorts of shelf-stable cookies and
    sweets. Either curb your sweet tooth, or make your own
    baked goods.
  • Rice. Rice production is taking a beating in Southeast Asia
    (Philippines) also according to U.S. News and World Re;ort.
  • Sugar: Drought prior to El Niño is a cause of rising sugar
    prices, but it's both cause for high prices. Drought shrivels
    crops or and the insurgent rains flood them. In Thailand
    drought shrivels sugar crops, according to Bloomberg.
  • Fish: ocean temperatures are on the rise and this has
    significant changes on aquatic life and what fisherman can
    harvest. Wired Magazine summed up in saying El Niño is
    going to starve a lot of fish.

#7: Prepare for La Niña.
Did you know La Niña follows El Niño? La Niña is a weather
phenomenon characterized by unusually cold ocean
temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific. (El Niño has unusually
warm ocean temperatures in the same region.) La Niña impacts
tend to be opposite those of El Niño.

So what exactly is La Niña and when will it hit?
Interestingly, El Niño was a name given by Peruvian fisherman
in the 1600s who noticed warmer temperatures in December. It
actually means "Christ Child." As it follows, La Niña

  • In a La Niña year, winter temperatures will be warmer than
    normal in the Southeast and cooler than normal in the
    Northwest. Generally, La Niña translates to be a "a cold
    event."

Happy endings...
The good and happy news is that while El Niño peaks in winter
it also decreases in the spring.

Now that you have some El Niño know-how under your belt, you
can begin to take action. El  Niño is a welcome change because
drought may now be long on the horizon. Go ahead and enjoy
the rain knowing that you have water and that water is life!

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