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
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
· Flashlights and extra batteries
· Check your alternate heating methods, such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning Stoves
· Fire extinguisher
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
Tempted to play games on your phone during the storm? Save the charge in case there’s
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)
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
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)
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