Blizzards are devastating to thousands of businesses and homeowners each year. Recovery is tough and time-consuming. Don’t get snowed in again. Check out our products that will help you get through the winter.
Helpful External links:
American Red Cross – Winter Storms
OSHA – Winter Storm Preparedness
FEMA – Winter Storms, Are You Ready?
- Prepare for power outages and blocked roads. Winds, ice, and snow tend to bring down power lines. Make sure that you have candles, matches or lighters, a battery-operated radio, emergency food supplies, and tons of blankets. Think about where you’ll put candles to keep them lit and safe. Have plenty of food staples like powdered milk and protein bars. Stock up on bottled water.
- Staying warm when the power goes out may be a problem. Many people don’t realize that a lot of heating systems depend on a boiler powered by electricity. Be prepared with alternative heat sources and plenty of blankets.
- Traveling in a blizzard is not a good idea. If you are on the road during a blizzard, look for a hotel or motel nearby and stay off the road until driving conditions are safe again.
- If you get stranded in your car during a snow storm make sure you have plenty of warm clothes and packaged snack foods. Don’t leave the engine running to keep warm because the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning is high. Snow can block your exhaust pipe and fill the car with deadly fumes. Keep one window open just and run the engine in short bursts. Turn the engine on long enough to keep the car warm and then turn it off. Keep this routine up until the conditions are stable enough for you to get back on the road.
- Designate a spot, in the hall closet, to keep a bag of warm clothes for each person in the household. If the lights are out, it will be hard to find that really warm turtleneck or a pair of warm socks or gloves in the dark. Count on the power being out for at least a day or two and have some board games and a deck of cards on hand. Arts and crafts are always fun for the kids (especially if there isn’t any television to distract them) so make sure you have some of those supplies available, too.
- Along with warm clothes and blankets, consider stocking your Blizzard Kit with the following: Batteries, flashlights, battery operated radio/television, bottled water, toilet paper, non-perishable foods such as cereal or crackers, canned goods, a non-electric can opener, a small cooler, candles, prescription medicines and any over-the-counter remedies you use regularly; and if you have young infants or toddlers – diapers, baby wipes, formula, baby food.
- Stock up on shovels and snow removal equipment before the snow storm. You may also want to cover the windows and spaces around the doors to keep drafts at a minimum in the event the heat shuts off.
- If you live in an area that gets bad storms regularly consider investing in an emergency generator. Having an alternate source of power if the main lines go down can be a life saver.
- A cellular phone is a ‘hot’ commodity for the snowbound. If you have a cell phone, make sure it is charged and easy to find. Even if the phone and power lines go out you can get word out that you are stranded and need help.
- Finally, STAY INSIDE. Remember that is can be cold enough to cause frostbite, and snowdrifts may hide dangers children might not see. Stay indoors where it’s safe and warm!