A major winter storm has its sights set on the northeastern United States beginning Monday night. Winter storm and blizzard warnings are in place and have set the stage for a significant event that will impact millions. Travel will be difficult and many schools and businesses are planning on being closed on Tuesday.
Plans to prepare for this winter storm should be completed today as conditions will deteriorate quickly starting this evening.
The best course of action once the storm is impacting your area is to stay indoors and wait out the storm. Stock up on enough supplies so you don’t have to use the car or even leave the house for the next couple of days.
Having enough food in the house to last out the storm is fairly easy place to start but remember that power outages may occur and cooking could be a challenge. Pick up simple items that need no cooking and don’t forget the pet food. Stock up on propane for your outdoor grill and if needed you can be cooking with gas! Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and never use a generator, grill, stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, or any partially enclosed area.
Having enough to eat while trapped by a storm is important but there are a few other items that may top the list.
- Flashlights and batteries
- Water- Enough for a few days
- First aid kit
- Battery operated radio
- Medications you may need
- Basic tools
- Shovel and salt
- Toilet paper
Remember elderly family members and neighbors. Make sure they have enough supplies if they are by themselves. If possible, consider having them stay with you.
Before the storm arrives you may want to pretreat your driveways and sidewalks to make snow removal easier once the storm is gone. Locate and make ready your snow removal tools and if you have a snowblower make sure it’s ready to go when you need it. While you are outside make sure you bring in or secure outdoor items to make sure they won’t become missiles in the wind.
These are only some basic items that will make you and your family much more prepared for the winter storm ahead weather.
Be sure to check ahead for flight delays as more than 8,000 flights in the Northeast have been cancelled thus far.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mike Morrison