5 Things To Do Now To Make Sure You’re Prepared For The Storm
This massive storm that's on the way to Western New York is going to be a big deal. Many officials are sounding the alarm to take this storm seriously and we may be stuck in the house for a few days. Before things really begin to get bad in New York, there are several steps that you can take right now to make sure you're ready to ride out the weather.
It seems like we just got done dealing with a massive winter storm that left a serious impact on our neighborhoods, and now another one is on the way.
To make sure you don't get caught unprepared, there are several things that you should consider doing now to make sure that you are able to survive for the next several days should you lose the ability to travel and get out to stores.
Of course, if you're like me, then you're just now starting to get ready for the snow, it's not too late but you have to act fast. So before you run out to the local grocery store and clear the shelves of all the bottled water and toilet paper, take a few minutes to make a plan.
But don't take too long because time is running out before we have a few feet of snow on the ground.
Here Are A Few Things To Do To Get Ready For The Snowstorm
Fill Up Your Gas Tanks
Having a tank full of gas can be very useful, even if you aren't able to drive anywhere. With a blizzard, comes the threat of high winds; and high winds can cause power outages. If we do lose power, you can use your car to stay warm, charge your devices, and even tune into the radio to make sure you can stay updated with what's happening weather wise.
Gas For The Generator and Snow Blower
Speaking of gas, while you're at the gas station, take a few extra minutes and fill up your gas can. If you have a snow blower and/or generator at home, having some extra fuel on hand can be very helpful.
Check Your Batteries and Flashlights
If you do lose power, having flashlights and plenty of batteries on hand will be clutch to make sure you're able to see in the dark if you need to get around the house.
Essential Food Items
There are several food items that we should have on hand to help us get through a few days. Things like protein or fruit bars, dry cereal, granola, peanut butter, dried fruit, and more can go a long way to help you sustain yourself and your family just in case the weather gets really bad.
Refill Any Prescriptions That Are Low
With the amount of snow that's potentially coming, we might be stuck inside for a while. It's probably wise to run to the pharmacy as soon as possible and re-up on any of those key medicines that are running low.
Jimmy Griffin Said It Best: "Stay inside. Grab a six-pack."
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security produces a pretty details list of additional steps you can take to make sure you're ready for an emergency. You can check that out here on the READY government site.