Winter Storm Hits the Southern Tier Today – Are You Prepared?
The National Weather Service is predicting snow and sleet starting this afternoon with possibly accumulations of 6 to 12 inches, are you prepared for winter storms?
The conditions are prime for a massive snow storm, it's winter its cold and we live in the Northeast.
So how should we prepared for a winter storm?
- The American Red Cross recommends you make sure your home heating system is maintained and running at its peak performance.
- Insulate your home with storm windows and plastic over draft areas.
- If you're planning on leaving home for a few days , make sure your thermostat is at least on 55
- Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
- Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food,extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
- Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stove Don't wait till the last minute and be a panicked shopper, get what you need now and be prepared for the cold slap of old man winter.