Posted on Jan 13, 2016
Seniors should take extra precautions this winter in case the El Nino winter storms do arrive as predicted. Major storms can mean flooding, something the California Central Coast has not had to deal with for a long time.
Seniors, do you know if your home is in an area that floods during storms? Many of us may not know this since we have been in a major drought for years but thanks to the drought, floods can now happen more quickly and easily. The dry, loose dirt cannot absorb water very well, allowing the sudden dump of rain water to stream right through. Check your home’s location on the SLO County flood map www.slocounty.ca.gov/oes
Are you prepared for a storm induced emergency? If your home floods or loses power, do you know how to get out? Do you have an alternate place to stay? These are things to decide upon now, when there is time to think, rather than in the midst of a stressful and urgent situation. It is also essential to have an emergency kit in the home. See this guide for what to include in a kit www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
Is your home financially protected in case of a flood? Typical homeowner insurance policies do not cover flooding. A good place to start if you do not have this coverage is the National Flood Insurance Program www.floodsmart.gov
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