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Is Your Contra Costa County Home Prepared for Winter Weather?

December 29, 2016

rain-432770_640We are fortunate in Contra Costa County to enjoy sunshine almost every day of the year. Our climate is comfortable, and while a snow day may sound appealing at times, we don’t have to worry about icy roads or blizzard conditions. We do experience winter weather however, sometimes to the extreme, with rain and wind, in particular. Flooding is a common concern. Regional and national weather forecasters have called for us to expect a lot of water in the coming months. Contra Costa County says to Prepare Now for winter storms, and help protect your family and property, just in case.

With rain on the way, bigger concerns may come with it. As we have experienced a better than average year of rainfall, which is beneficial for drought relief, continued rain could bring mudslides, fallen trees, and possibly flooding. Any of these natural phenomena could damage your home. But there are things you can do to help lessen damages, or at least recover from them a bit easier. If you don’t have flood insurance, you may want to consider purchasing a policy; it’s possible for anyone to be affected by a flood. Even if you don’t live in a designated flood zone, your home could be at risk.

A close inspection of your property can help you understand your risk of flooding. If you have a yard where rain pools readily, your soil could become over-saturated with water should a big rain storm come in. FEMA is a great resource to help you evaluate your risk for flooding. I highly recommend checking out their informative videos and website.

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Having an emergency kit in your home can be a lifesaver, literally. Basic storm
preparedness kits will include first aid supplies, bottled water, nonperishable food items, flashlights and batteries. A battery-operated radio is key to being able to keep updated should other forms of communication go out. Solar chargers for your cell phone are also a good thing to keep on hand.

Don’t forget some simple comforts such as toiletries and common sense items such as a manual can opener, camp stove and fuel. A smaller version of your emergency preparedness kit can also go into your car. Should you get stranded in bad weather, it could make a big difference. Ready.gov has a great check list to get you started.

raining-828890_640There are some preventive measures you can take to help keep your property less likely to have weather damage from rain or wind. Cleaning gutters and keeping storm drains clear can help the flow of heavy water run smoother. If your home is near a water source, be it a pond, stream or river, know where the closest Sandbag Station is. If you have a creek running through your property, as the one responsible for the care of your land, you will want to check out the Contra Costa County Private Creek resource page. Here you can find out what steps are needed to maintain your creek in preparation for winter weather.

Winter weather is on the way. A bit of preparedness can help make weathering the storms easier, and help protect your family and home. When you are ready to sell your property, you want a Realtor® who knows the community and the local real estate market. My team and I are ready to help you through the entire process. Our goal is to make your experience both easy and pleasurable. Contact us today at (925) 634-7820, or by email at realestate@cecily.com.

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