Making A Disaster Kit for A Snowstorm

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Snowstorms do far more than make roads slippery. Depending upon the amount of precipitation and how far it spreads, you could be dealing with blinding effects as you’re driving, dangerously low temperatures, and power outages.

Because of these risks, homeowners must be prepared with a kit to outlast the storm until help arrives, and to make a plan of action.

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As the first step, know how severe the weather could be. Tune into the news or listen to the radio for a:

  • Winter Storm Outlook – Two to five days before a storm may hit.
  • Winter Weather Advisory – The storm could be hazardous.
  • Winter Storm Watch – A storm may hit in next 36 to 48 hours, so have winter weather plans and stay updated.
  • Winter Storm Warning – A life-threatening storm may hit in 24 hours.
  • Blizzard Warning – Get to shelter immediately.

For preparation before and during the storm, make sure you:

  • Winterize your vehicle and have a full gas tank
  • Insulate your home
  • Have your heating equipment and chimneys already inspected
  • Listen to the NOAA radio
  • Have all animals indoors
  • Keep your water running to prevent pipes from freezing
  • Make sure any fuel-burning equipment is ventilated to the outside
  • Keep the interior temperature consistent
  • Avoid driving when roads are slippery
  • Wear warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing to prevent hypothermia and frostbite

Along with preparation, a supply kit becomes essential to getting through the storm. You need food and water, at least for three days, first aid to address any injuries, and other essentials to shovel yourself out. Any kit should include:

  • Water – For three days, at one gallon per person per day.
  • Food – Three days of nonperishable, easy-to-heat foods.
  • Flashlight, with extra batteries
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio, with extra batteries.
  • A standard first aid kit
  • A seven-day supply of medications and medical devices
  • A multi-tool
  • Items for sanitation and personal hygiene.
  • Copies of personal documents
  • A cell phone and charger
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Cash
  • Essential supplies for your baby and pet.
  • Tools and supplies to secure your home
  • Sand, rock salt, or kitty litter
  • Winter coats, gloves, hats, boots, blankets, and clothing for all family members.
  • A secondary heat source, such as a fireplace or a wood- or coal-burning stove.
  • Snow shovels

To start preparing, begin by browsing disaster kits, first aid supplies, and emergency water through our store. Find all in a range of sizes to suit your family.

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