Preparing Your Home for El Niño

We’re looking forward to seeing some much needed rain this winter. Redwood City is expected to experience a particularly rainy season due to El Niño, a weather pattern that could bring landslides and flooding. Actually, climatologists predict that it may be the strongest El Niño ever recorded and perhaps the warmest winter ever in the United States.

The City's own winter storm preparations are underway and they are asking the community to be storm ready too. According to a press release from the City there are a number of ways residents can prepare themselves for this winter, including clearing debris from natural creeks, buying rain barrels to catch rain water for residential gardening and other uses, and taking advantage of various city programs.


Here are ten tips for prepping your home for the stormy season:

  1. Clear gutters and catch basins of debris and leaves. Help keep our creeks and Bay clean by never dumping into a catch basin.
  2. For property owners with natural creek beds on their property, clear creek beds of debris.
  3. Sign-up for Code Red community notifications here.
  4. Build a Storm Kit: Keep needed emergency supplies in your home, at work, and in your car and discuss emergency plans with your family.
  5. Build a sandbag wall to channel water to a drain or gutter. Sandbags are available at 1400 Broadway.
  6. Have plywood, plastic sheeting, and other emergency building materials available in advance and keep handy for waterproofing.
  7. Notify San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District of any standing water issues:
  8. Learn more about the City's rain barrel rebates to save rain water for residential gardening and other uses at home.
  9. Know your flood zone designation and your specific flood hazard. Obtain flood insurance if you are in a high-risk flood area. Homeowner insurance policies don't cover flood damage.
  10. Plan in advance to assist your neighbors or have them help you.

For more information about how you can help be storm ready, visit the City's website.