How to Prepare Your Property for El Nino

Meteorologists are forecasting the warm waters of the pacific jet stream will bring an El Niño pattern from Winter 2015 through Spring 2016. Even though you may not live near the Pacific, the weather pattern will have far reaching effects that may bring harsh conditions to your property.

An El Niño pattern reoccurs every two to seven years when the waters in the Pacific Ocean warm near the equator. Typically, this means flooding, mudslides, overflowing rivers, and property damage caused by heavy rainfall or winter storms.

Climate models predict that the coming El Niño will rival the 1997-98 El Niño, which brought rain and flooding that caused $2.6 billion in property damage and $25 billion in economic loss to the United States.


What to Expect In Your Region Fall Through Winter
The beginning of winter is expected to be mild across the country, but as winter progresses, temperatures and rainfall are predicted as follows:

El Nino Prep for the USNorthwest (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming)
• Above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation

Northeast (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
• Expect near normal temperatures and above normal precipitation

Mid-Atlantic (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, D.C.)
• Below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation

Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
• Near normal to below normal temperatures near normal precipitation

South (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia)
• Below normal temperatures above normal precipitation

Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)
• Below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation

West (Colorado, California, Nevada, Utah)
• Near normal temperatures and near normal to above normal precipitation

Prepare Before Winter Arrives
Because flooding and winter storms can disrupt deliveries of emergency supplies, now is the time to prepare for harsh weather conditions. Depending on which region you are in, you’ll want to stock up on supplies to handle whatever nature throws at you.

Rain- Heavy downpours can cause power outages and disruptions to your business. Avoid them with appropriate rain gear and supplies:

  • Gutter splash block 
  • Foundation and roof sealants 
  • Gutter and flashing sealant 
  • Tarps 
  • Floor mats 
  • Protective clothing 
  • Flashlights 
  • Battery and generator backup power 


Floods- Whether caused by excess rain or snow, swollen rivers, or a plumbing failure, just one inch of floodwater can cause major property damage. Be sure to keep these supplies on hand:

Winter Storms- Frigid winter storms cause a one-two punch because they leave you fighting to stay warm in extreme cold conditions while digging your property or facility out of snow and ice. Ease your struggle with winter preparedness supplies:

Dry Conditions- Lack of water and dry weather creates hardships for business and community. The best way to prepare for a drought is practice water conservation. If you are living in a drought area, consider installing or using the following products:

  • Low flow faucets and showerheads 
  • High-efficiency toilets 
  • Water conserving appliances 
  • Drip irrigation for landscaping 
  • Leak repair kits 
  • Insect infestation 
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There are 6 comments so far

  • Joe Hernandez
    2 years ago

    We have or order just about all of the above from hd supply for our properties.

  • Kari Neves
    2 years ago

    We have retrimmed our trees, replaced some gutters, cleaned the gutters again, infomed our residents and we have extra batteries on hand along with extra flashlights.

  • Maricela
    2 years ago

    I got my guys on the hustle right now! Lol checking the roofs, checking and clearing all the gutters! Making sure no landscape blocks any drains, got the generators ready to go! I am actually excited about this weather!

  • Monica Park
    2 years ago

    We’ve already experienced above normal precipitation in the form of rain since it’s been so warm in the Midwest, Indiana specifically. We’ve had wind damage that blew a portion of siding off one of our buildings. We’ve made sure to have all gutters cleaned to ensure properly water drainage and to avoid possible ice damming if and went it gets cold enough. — Property Manager for Eenhoorn LLC

  • Valarie
    2 years ago

    We replaced some gutters on one building, cleared the drains, did another gutter check and cleared them after the winds we just had plus maintenance went and grabbed some sand bags just in case.

  • Steven m
    2 years ago

    Buy everyone a umbrella

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