Top 10 Tips to Help You Prepare for a Blizzard
- Stock Up On Food/Water– Try to pack the cabinets with non-perishable items such as canned goods and cases of water. In the event of a power outage, these items won’t go bad. A 3 day supply of food should be enough. Perishable items should last up to 8 hours, and frozen foods should last up to 48 hours.
- Keep A First Aid Kit/Medicine– Nothing is worse than getting sick and not being able to take care of yourself or leave home. Make sure you have a first aid kit in the house, and be sure to refill all your prescriptions.
- Battery Powered Radio– Although we all like to rely on TV and Internet these days, keeping a battery powered radio during a blizzard may come in handy if the power goes out.
- Flashlight/Candles/Batteries– Keeping a box full of emergency equipment is important. Things like flashlights, matches, and a few packs of batteries can go a long way if there is no electricity.
- Baby/Pet Supplies– Be sure to stock up on pet food, treats, diapers, formula and food for the little ones!
- Toiletries– What happens when we run out of things like toothpaste and toilet paper? Yeah, I don’t want to think about that either, so make sure you have more than enough to last.
- Entertainment– Take it back to the time when there were no cellphones and internet. Board games, a deck of cards, or perhaps a book is a great way to keep the family entertained; if for some reason you can’t get on Instagram or check your Twitter timelines
- Charged Laptops, iPads and Cellphones– Okay, this one is for the people who did not like the idea of board games or a book. For those of you, who can’t get enough of social media, make sure all your devices are charged.
- Shovel, Salt, Blanket, Cardboard (for the car/home)- These items come in handy when you’re home, but most importantly if you’re stuck on the side of the road.
- Gas Up the Car– Stay in the house if you can! But just in case you get cabin fever or have to leave home for an emergency, be sure to fill up your tanks. Getting stuck in the snow can burn up your gas faster than you think, if you’re mashing your foot on the pedal because you’re stuck on ice. Last but not least, don’t forget to lift up your windshield wipers before the snow comes.