Traditionally, February is the rainiest month in the San Fernando Valley. That means you need to be prepared.

Rain: What’s the big deal?

To people from other parts of the country, rain is just rain. It can be a nuisance or a blessing, but, in general, it’s usually not a big deal. So what makes rain the headline news story anytime it begins to sprinkle?

Rain is a rare occurrence here, so there are quite a few people who are inexperienced driving in the stuff. The mix of rain with oil from the many cars constantly out on the road can make the roads and interstates dangerously slick.

Long story short … there are a lot of car accidents during those 36 or so rainy days of the year.

While Southern California definitely needs the moisture, heavy rains and the dryness of the ground don’t mix. Instead of soaking in, the water runs off. Big storms can trigger landslides and wash tons of debris into the ocean.

What to do – and not do – when rain is on the way

With all of this in mind, you definitely need to be prepared if our usual sunny days turn wet and gray.

Depending on where you live, rain preparation can be different. If you live in the hills, soil erosion and landslides can be a concern. Spot flooding can be an issue in the low-lying areas.

If you think water will be rushing down or across your area, don’t risk items in your yard floating away. Bring your things indoors. NOTE: If you can’t do this before the heavy rains hit, leave those things outside. Floodwaters are powerful and can sweep you away just as easily as your lawn furniture (or even houses). Your things can be replaced; you can’t.

Here are some tips from on prepping yourself for storms:

  • If your tire treads are worn down, you’ll have less control of your car in inclement weather.
  • “Puddles” can be misleading. If water is pooled in the street, lurking underneath could be a washed-away road, sinkhole, or water deeper than you realize.
  • Avoid rushing water in or outside your car. Don’t drive in it or attempt walking through it. The strong currents in even a couple feet of water can be deadly. Seek another route.
  • Be aware of hydroplaning. Just a little bit of rain can cause your car to slide.

If you’d like to learn five things you can do to protect your home during storms, check out this article.

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