It’s not even winter yet, and the first major storm of the season has already caused the 4th largest power outage in New Hampshire’s history! Experts are predicting this season to be one of the coldest and snowiest in recent years, and now is a good time to ensure you have emergency supplies on hand for the worst that this season may bring.
To get started, gather snow shovels, extra gloves, ice melt, and window scrapers in your drop-zone or garage. Take some time now before the snow piles up to mark the sides of your driveway with reflective poles or wood stakes to protect your lawn, walkways, and mailbox from the snowplows.
Keep a well-stocked emergency kit in the house throughout the season. Keep in mind that when the first large snowstorm hits, stores will quickly run out of supplies like ice melt, scrapers, shovels, and even food staples.
This is a starting list of items to keep on hand for emergencies:
- Well-stocked pantry of non-perishable goods
- Water bottles, cereal, granola bars, canned goods, etc.
- Manual Can Opener
- Matches / Candles
If someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining equipment or refrigerated medication, be sure to have a backup power supply available (such as a generator) in the event of long-term power outages.
Keep a well-stocked emergency kit in your vehicles – you never know which car you may be in, or where you may be, if you get stuck in a snowstorm. It is also important to keep your gas tank at least half-full at all times.
Here are a few items to keep securely in your vehicle:
- Bottled water
- Extra batteries
- Cell phone charger
- First-aid kit
- Body / hand warmers
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