I know L.A.
It’s still 80+ degrees every single day, and yet November is just days away.
So hard to imagine even a slight chill in the air, let alone torrential downpours and wait for it — YES, an opportunity to wear a sweater and boots.
My prediction, as some of you know, is that we will go straight from our endless summer smack dab into endless days of rain. While after a four year drought this may sound like manna from heaven; if your roof is leaking or your windshield wipers go kaput while you’re stuck in traffic on the 405, you won’t exactly be singing in the rain.
So, what to do to get ready for our friend El Nino? — which by the way, could drop up to 35 inches of rain this winter – OY!!!
Start by taking stock and preparing now, while it’s still dry. Key areas to address are your home, garage, outdoor spaces, car and ensuring your disaster supplies are in order.
- Fix roof leaks
- Clean gutters and downspouts
- Invest in a generator
- Paint exterior wood trim to prevent water leaks
- Re-caulk windows
- Buy sandbags and heavy plastic sheeting (just in case)
- Check the battery, wipers, lights and brakes on your car
- Keep emergency supplies in your car
I would also suggest that you transfer any boxed items in your garage to watertight storage bins and move them a few feet off the ground in case of any water leaks or potential floods.
Once you have prepared your home to be a safe harbor, you can switch gears to dusting off your umbrellas and unearthing all your rain gear that hasn’t seen the light of day in eons. Should a little shopping be in order I’ve got you covered.
First on my list of must needed rain items are a good (and of course stylish) pair of rain boots. I’m not about to ruin my suede booties attempting to leap across a three-feet wide puddle of water on my way to the latest hipster spot for dinner.
While mudrooms are not common in California, we still need a place to dry out those wet boots and shoes. Welcome the boot tray. What a nifty invention. Doesn’t take up a lot of space, yet a great solution.
Keep umbrellas in your car, office and home to ensure that you’re never caught without one.
Where to store those wet umbrellas you might ask, lest they end up in your tub or front porch? Of course I have found some nifty storage solutions:
Last, but certainly not least, if you’re in search of a raincoat that will keep you dry, check out this article from Refinery 29.
I know we’ll all believe it when we see it, rain wise, but let’s all get ready, just in case.