During the winter months inclement weather can come out of nowhere, catching you off guard and unprepared. Presently, about 30 million people on the East Coast are under blizzard watches and warning due to a potential historic storm (named Jonas by the Weather Channel). Ice, strong winds, and wet heavy snow are all expected. Some areas may get up to two feet of snow. Power outages, blowing snow, thunder snow, and low visibility are all concerns.
As a reminder, here are some helpful tips to survive a snowstorm while keeping you and your loved ones safe:
If you are without electricity and are using a kerosene heater or gas-powered generator in your home, make sure there is proper ventilation to avoid dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning. This also applies to vehicles. Always remember to clear your tailpipe when your car is running. Failure to do this may result in fatal consequences.
If you have a driveway, sidewalk, or an area which must be shoveled, pace yourself. Do not try to do a large amount of work at one time, even if you feel like you can. It is easy to overdo it without realizing, which can lead to severe health issues including life-threatening ones.
Make Sure Medications are On Hand
If you take prescription medications, especially life-sustaining ones, make certain you have a sufficient amount on hand to get you through until the inclement weather passes. Call your doctor to request a refill if necessary, and ask your pharmacy about delivery service if available.
Make sure you have enough essentials on hand to get you through any rough weather for a few days. Consider that you may be without electricity, at least part of the time, and have some things like tuna salad packets, peanut butter, cereal, crackers, jerky, Vienna sausages, bottled water, toilet paper, etc., on hand. Don’t forget to make sure you have enough food for your pets as well.
Have a supply of emergency items specifically for bad weather situations stashed all in one place so you won’t have to roam around and try to find what you need, possibly with no electricity. Blankets, extra thermal underwear and sweatsuits, socks, flashlights and extra batteries, candles, etc., all should be included in one go-to location (preferably near the emergency food supply) for convenience and safety.
Ensure Lines of Communication
Keep your phones charged at all times so that, should a snowstorm leave you without electricity, you will be able to call for help or get the latest news information from your cellular device. When your phones are not being charged, keep your wall and car chargers handy in one place. You can also buy portable phone chargers for accessibility.
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