Heavy snow. Strong winds. Ice. Flooding. The best way to face the winter storm that’s hitting the East End can be summed up in two words: Be Prepared. From staying warm to food supplies to home- and personal safety, the following are tips from the American Red Cross.
Preparing for a Winter Storm
•Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
•Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
•Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
•If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
Put Together a Supply Kit
•Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
•Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
•Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
•First aid kit
•Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
•Sanitation and personal hygiene items
•Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
•Cell phone with chargers
•Family and emergency contact information
•Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
•Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
•Tools/supplies for securing your home
•Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
•Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
•Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves