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Prepare Before a Snowstorm

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

A winter storm can keep you trapped indoors for days without power. How do you prepare for a snowstorm? 

Prepare your home for winter before it starts to snow. Keep your family safe and comfortable during a blizzard by having a storm plan.

  • If you live in a place where it snows often enough, it is a good idea to invest in a generator. A reliable generator and fuel supply can practically save the day.
  • Make a winterized emergency kit. American Red Cross has a guide you can follow.
  • Inspect your chimney and have it cleaned before winter.
  • Get a weather radio that can use batteries if the power goes out.
  • Stock up on batteries.
  • Get a sturdy shovel.
  • Clean the gutters and ensure that the roof is stable.
  • Check the weatherstrips on windows and doors.
  • Make sure the walls and attics are insulated.
  • Stock up on blankets.
  • Make sure you have a fully stocked first-aid kit.
  • Learn first-aid for hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher that works.
  • Get sand, ice melt, or kitty litter for icy surfaces.
  • Winterize your car. Fema.govhas more information on this.

What to do just before a storm:

After the National Weather Service issues a Winter Storm Watch, start taking precautions for a more significant storm.

  • You'll need to stock up on fuel for the generator.
  • Charge all phones, rechargeable batteries, and power banks.
  • Make sure flashlights at the ready.
  • Fill your gas tank and have spare gas ready.
  • Make sure you have plenty of non-perishable foods and toilet paper.
  • Let pets in and bring plants indoors.
  • Make sure your stoves are clean and work with no issues.
  • Let all faucets drip slowly and insulate exposed pipes with newspapers or other insulation materials.

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