5 Ways to Prepare for El Niño

Be prepared because El Niño is no joke.

By Mathew S. Chan
March 01, 2016


According to Livescience.com, “El Niño is a climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean with a global impact on weather patterns.” This means extreme weather changes will persist until the end of the first quarter of 2016, and possibly even longer. From droughts to extreme heat, you need to be prepared for what’s to occur in the coming months. Here a few tips to help you through it.

1. Keep Hydrated
It will be hard to notice but in times of extreme heat, one can lose a lot of fluids, which can lead to dehydration or worse. The best way to avoid this is to drink water every hour or take alternatives like eating fruits that are high in water content. Bring a bottle of water if you are going out of the house just so you have some in case of emergencies.

2. Keep Cool
Your body temperature can become hotter than the temperature outside, and if you are not careful, this could lead to headache, seizure, nausea, and even the dreaded heatstroke. Do what you can to keep your body cool by staying in the shade, taking a shower, eating ice, or whatever you can think of. It’s very important to keep your body at a low temperature especially during El Niño.

3. Wear Light Colors
Like summer or any hot period, it is best to avoid dark colored clothing as well as thick fabrics because they absorb more sunlight and can cause your body to overheat fast. We recommend wearing clothing made out of light cotton and with bright colors like whites and yellows. With summer approaching, a lighter colored wardrobe is not only recommended but trendy as well.

4. Conserve Water
Beyond the harmful effects of heat to the body, El Niño means less rain for the time being so dams will not have a lot of chances to replenish, causing a water shortage. The only way we can cope with this is doing our part to save water. Even the little things count like turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or having your leaky faucet fixed. Make sure to store water in clean containers with lids for emergencies. You may be tired of hearing about the importance and ways of conserving water—but seriously, it is really important.

5. Brace for Storms
During El Niño, there won’t be a lot of rain but once it’s over, there will be stronger storms and typhoons due to the huge quantities of water that have evaporated into the atmosphere. Best be prepared for anything by keeping emergency supplies at home like food, water, medicine, and essentials like flashlights, batteries, candles, and many more. Like with El Niño, the key to surviving a storm is preparation.