Winter Storm Essentials

By: Avisia Limato

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Winter storm Juno is on its way. According to the The Weather Channel Juno could be the worst storm to hit the northeast in recent years. There are some preparations you should make before the snow starts to fall. Regardless of the severity of the storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe.

  • Food and drinking water: Snowy and icy conditions can make it too dangerous to leave the house, so stock up on drinking water and canned or dried goods. If you have any furry friends in your home, make sure you have plenty of pet food, as well.
  • Manual can opener: All that food won’t do you any good if you can’t open it. Make sure you have a hand can opener available.
  • Matches, candles, and flashlights: Keep flashlights, boxes of matches, and plenty of candles in an easily accessible spot in case the lights go out.
  • Battery Powered Lanterns: If you don’t want to worry about keeping an eye on candles being lit around your home, battery powered lanterns are a great alternative.
  • Fully-charged phones and laptop: Make sure you power your electronics before the storm hits. This can provide you with a couple hours of communication and entertainment during the storm.
  • Board games, books and puzzles: When the battery does eventually run out on your laptop and phone you will want to have some other fun activates on hand to keep everyone from getting cabin fever.
  • Radio: If the storm does knock out your power a battery powered radio will keep you up to date on news about closures and other safety issues.
  • Wood: If your home has a fireplace or a wood-burning stove, be sure to bring in plenty of dry wood to keep the home fires burning.
  • Blankets and warm clothes: If your home relies on gas or electric heat, you’ll need a backup method for staying warm if the power goes out. Keep plenty of warm blankets, sweaters, hats, coats, and gloves around the house in case you need to bundle up during an outage.
  • First-aid kit: Keep a basic first-aid kit on hand, and keep an extra stash of any prescription medications your may need.
  • Shovel: Have a shovel inside where you can get to it. It’s a good idea to clear the area around your front door so you can get out if you need to, and so rescue workers can get in if there’s an emergency.
  • Your vehicle: Make sure the gas tank full. A full tank keeps the fuel line from freezing
  • Hot chocolate: Everyone could use some hot chocolate to keep them cozy during the snow storm.
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