How To Prepare For The El Nino Season
By Vanessa Doctor | July 4, 2014 2:42 PM EST
The El Nino season is getting closer and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has already discovered changes in the atmosphere which may be triggered by the phenomenon developing in the Pacific Ocean.
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It is expected that the development and signals in the weather will continue developing for a period of two to three months. It is important that locals learn the basic preparations and precautions to stay safe and have enough to survive the extreme weather conditions.
1. Prepare rain equipment
Be ready with umbrellas, coats, gloves, sweaters, boots, caps and other materials that will keep you dry from constant rains and strong gusts. Also put important documents and photographs in waterproof plastic bags or containers. Always pack these things in your car because weather conditions can change abruptly.
2. Prepare for floods
In some areas, the rain may pour nonstop and water levels can elevate quickly. Move electric wires and electronics on top of tables and platforms to prevent water from getting in contact with these. Park your vehicle on elevated spaces or think of a high place to transfer should water levels rise above waist level. Be ready with life jackets and floaters especially for pets and children.
3. Orient the family
Have an evacuation plan ready once flood alerts begin. Draw a map or a meet-up place for everyone in the family just in case all of you are not at home when calamity strikes. Remind all family members to keep their phones fully charged and the lines open. Also prepare emergency numbers and run drills every once in a while. Aim to evacuate in just a few minutes and teach family members which items to bring.
4. Have an emergency kit ready
Emergency supplies are very important. You only need to grab these once you are alerted to evacuate. Pack batteries, food, coats, blankets, flashlights, rope, cooking gear and a first aid kit. Each family member should have one kit. Place these in the trunk of your car or a convenient place near the door just in case you need to evacuate.
5. Get insured
Homes and vehicles should be insured against natural calamities. Get a separate insurance policy for flooding. List down all the important things that you should keep in a waterproof case or container. Have the insurance policy ready months before El Nino strikes.