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10 Ways to Weather El Niño

1. Create an emergency kit, today! (See list below.) If you’ve already got an emergency kit prepared, check it regularly.

2. Check your car. Make sure your car’s tires have good tread, that you windshield wipers work well (and have enough fluid), and that your car’s fuel is full before an anticipated big storm. Your headlights should always be on in the rain!

3. Check your house. Clear your outdoor drains and gutters of any leaves, dirt, or debris. Secure trash, recycling bins, and any other items that have the potential of blowing or floating away. Have weakened trees inspected by an arborist.

4. Consider purchasing flood insurance. Keep in mind, most flood policies have a 30-day waiting period.

5. Use sandbags. Sandbags can be utilized to help protect your home and property before a storm.

6. Don’t risk your life. During significant storm events, avoid waterways, flood control channels, and the ocean, which can all rapidly swell and become extremely dangerous. NO PLACE outside is safe when lightning is in the area!

7. Have Emergency Alerts sent to your mobile phone. Visit: to join Monterey County’s system to receive emergency notifications.

8. In the event highway 1 or 68 is closed, download and print the CHOMP Disaster Route Maps and keep copies in your vehicles.

9. Prevent storm water pollution. Rain washes everything into storm drains that lead to our rivers, bay, and ocean. Secure household hazardous waste with tight-fitting lids and store these items in covered areas.

10. Capture rainwater. Prepare your landscaped areas to capture and retain more water by using compost. Collect rain that falls on your roof by installing rain barrels.

Create an emergency kit including the following items:

• Food and water to last three days to a week. Don’t forget the pets.

Flashlight batteriesFirst aid kit

• Flashlights (and extra batteries)

• Radio (and extra batteries)

• Medications (over-the-counter and prescription)

• Cash and important documents

• Clothing and sturdy shoes

• Tools (wrench, duct tape, fire extinguisher, sturdy gloves, whistle)

• Sanitation and hygiene supplies