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Monday, Feb 06, 2023

Prepare for El Nino and Heavy Rain

El Nino is the cyclical warming of the surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean at the equator. This type of ocean temperature change (like its opposite La Nina), occurs in irregular periods, usually every few years to create global weather patterns. Following these guidelines and protect yourself, your family and your home during this rainy season.

Forecasters are predicting heavy rains for the winter and spring months.   Here are some helpful tips on how top stay safe during extreme weather conditions.  If flooding occurs, you may need to be prepared – like other disasters such as an earthquake.  As an example, consider the following:

Make a plan and stay informed

  • Make a disaster kit that is portable in case you have to evacuate.
  • Have an evacuation plan.
  • Keep valuables, documents and medicines in one place for quick access.
  • Have a car ready to go with at least half a tank of gas.
  • Have a family communication and re-unification plan.

If caught in a flood condition, follow these tips

  • If on foot, do not attempt to walk through floodwaters. Go directly to higher ground. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet.
  • Keep children and pets away from floodwaters, storm drains, and sewers.
  • Never drive into a flooded area. Most cars can be swept away by less that two feet of water.
  • If you car stalls and water is rapidly rising around you, immediately get out and move to higher ground.
  • Stay informed of weather predictions and road closures.

Heavy Rain can cause damage to your home:

  • Inspect your roof for leaks and have them repaired immediately.
  • Clean out rain gutters, downspouts, and roof drains.
  • Report any flooding to the Park Manager.

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