The Fire Department recommends boaters and harbor area users to prepare for the El Nino storm. Be sure to check the below list to help in the preparation.
- Top Deck Penetrations – Replace seals or duct tape potential leaks, repair latches.
- Bilge Pumps – Ensure they are operational and automatic. They should also be effective and appropriately sized.
- Batteries/Fuses – Ensure batteries are strong & topped off. Have spare fuses available for bilge pumps. Shore power CANNOT be relied upon.
- Dock Lines – Check condition and number of dock lines. Consider adding spring lines to allow for surge & security. Add chafing gear if needed.
- Drains/Scuppers – Clear deck drains of debris and equipment to allow for proper run off.
- Equipment – Stow any loose equipment that is usually on the deck. Lash or stow Bimini, furl sails and secure rigging.
- Access – Ensure immediate access to bilge spaces and engine rooms on vessels. Keep dock fingers clear at ALL times (exception: boat steps).
- Underway – All safety equipment shall be on board per CFR’s. Anchors, VHF radio & electronics also recommended depending on conditions. Operate within personal limitations and always leave a buffer for unexpected changes.
- Lifts/Hoists – Vessels on lifts & hoists should be lowered during wind or surge events associated with storm conditions.