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With severe winter weather in the forecast, it’s important to take some time now to be sure you’re prepared. Here’s a list of items to have on hand before the storm begins.

 

Check your food and water supplies

·         Water—at least a three-day supply; one gallon per person, per day

·         Food—at least a three-day supply of non-perishable, high-energy, easy-to-prepare foods

·         Baby formula and food

·         Pet food

 

Tip #1

Set your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting in case the power goes out. 

 

Prep your heating and lighting sources

·         Have on hand extra blankets to stay warm

·         Generator, and gas to run for 24+ hours

·         Candles

·         Flashlights and extra batteries

·         Check your alternate heating methods, such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning Stoves

·         Fire extinguisher

 

Tip #2

Never use a generator inside and be sure it’s placed outside where exhaust fumes can’t enter through windows, doors or cracks.  Always take safety precautions.  

 

Be smart about electronics

·         Fully charge your cell phones, tablets, etc.

·         Find your battery-powered or hand-crank radio

·          Have extra batteries on hand

 

Tip #3

Tempted to play games on your phone during the storm? Save the charge in case there’s

an emergency.

 

Be ready to clear snow and ice

·         Shovels and tools for clearing snow and ice

·         Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery

·          Snow blower gassed (start it to ensure it’s ready)

 

 

Tip #4

A roof rake that can be used to remove snow from your roof can help prevent structural

and water damage to your home.

 

Check medical and personal hygiene supplies

·         Medications – have at least a seven-day supply

·         Medical items - hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.

·         Sanitation and personal hygiene items

·         Baby diapers and wipes

·         First aid kit

 

Tip #5

If you are low on medications, visit your pharmacy to ensure you have enough for one

week.  And, don’t forget hand sanitizer.

 

Keep important information and extra money handy

·         Family and emergency contact information

·         Local emergency contacts

·         Copies of personal documents

·         Extra cash - in case there is no power (no ATM)

 

Tip #6

Be sure to have the phone numbers of your independent insurance agent and insurance company should you need to file a claim.

 

Sources: Red Cross, National Fire Protection Association, The Hanover Risk Management

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