Winter Storms: Preparing Before a Storm Happens

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Winter brings Christmas and New Years and it brings snow. Preparing for a snowstorm can minimize the stress since you have advanced knowledge that a snow storm is coming. Here are some tips:

Make a shopping list for the supermarket and include the following:

  • beverages-boxed and canned milk, juice, and soup.
  • boxes of cereal, crackers, and trail mix.
  • bread-for sandwiches.
  • canned ready-to-eat meals like tuna, crabs, and sardines.
  • can opener.
  • four-day supply of baby food, baby formula, and change of clothes.
  • fruits such as apples, bananas, and oranges.
  • quick lunches like jars of jelly and peanut butter.
  • powdered or condensed milk

General items for the Household:

  • batteries for battery-powdered clock and battery-powered radio.
  • blankets and pillows.
  • first-aid kit.
  • flashlights and batteries.
  • medications (over the counter and presciptions).
  • suitcase for extra clothes/shoes per family member in case the family has to leave for safety shelter.

Guidelines:

  • Avoid frozen pipes by wrapping interior water pipes with foam tubes and allow slight dripping.
  • Charge all equipment-cell phones, flashlights, and battery-powered radio.
  • Check on any elderly or physically-challenged neighbors to make sure they have enough items.
  • Keep your pathways cleared and salted.
  • Make sure you have enough money for possibility of staying in motel/hotel (safety from storm).
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