WE'VE GOT SNOW ON THE WAY FOR THURSDAY....HOW MUCH WE'LL GET IS ALL OVER THE BOARD DEPENDING ON WHO YOU GET YOUR INFO FROM OR WHAT PROJECTED WEATHER MAP YOU CHECK. WHATEVER WE GET, HERE'S SOME TIPS ON WAYS TO PREPARE FOR A SIGNIFICANT SNOW STORM OR A BLIZZARD
TOP 10: WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME & FAMILY FOR A SNOW STORM OR BLIZZARD
#1 Keep a bag of warm clothing handy: Ideally, you’ll want one bag for everyone in your family, and you should keep it in a closet that is easily accessible.
#2 Pay attention to the local newscasts: If your local weather newcasts are calling for a blizzard, prepare ahead of time. That way, even if the blizzard doesn’t hit, you will be ready for the next one.
#3 Make sure you have plenty of blankets on hand: If your power goes out (and in most cases with severe winter storms it does), you could be without power for a day or two, so staying warm is critical.
#4 Keep several flashlights, batteries, candles and lighters on hand: It’s probably better to use flashlights rather than candles when at all possible — because with candles you run the risk of accidentally starting a fire.
#5 Charge all your cell phones ahead of time: Be sure to charge all of your cell phones before the power goes out. Sometimes a cell phone is the only contact you have with the outside world during a storm.
#6 Stock up on nonperishable foods: Since you never know how long a blizzard is going to last, it’s important to stock up on lots of nonperishable foods — such as canned goods that you don’t have to heat
#7 Stock up on bottled water: You will need at least a gallon of water per person per day. While it’s possible you will still have water from the tap available even if your power goes out, it is still a good idea to have clean drinking water on hand just in case.
#8 Have things on hand to keep your entire family entertained while you wait out the storm: Some ideas for indoor activities include: board games, cards, laptops and portable DVD players that can be charged up ahead of time for use during the storm, books, and coloring books for younger children
#9 Stay inside : High winds and blowing snow can create white-out conditions, making it easy for you to get lost just a few feet from your front door. While your kids may be clamoring to go outside and play in the snow, keep them indoors until the worst of the storm has passed.
#10 Fuel up all cars, generators , snow blowers and chain saws: Chances are if the power goes out, so will your opportunity to purchase fuel as well.