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5 steps to prepare for a snowstorm

5 Steps to Prepare for a Snowstorm

5 Steps to Prepare for a Snowstorm | Don’t be caught by surprise when a winter storm hits, be prepared! Snowstorms can cause property damage, car accidents, power outages and more. 

By taking steps ahead of time you and your family can stay safe and warm during a snowstorm. The information below provides you with 5 essential steps to prepare you for a potential snowstorm.

1) Winterize Your Home

Your home is your #1 source of protection against a snowstorm. Therefore, you want to make sure that it CAN provide protection. 

  • Make sure your heating system is up and running properly. 
  • Check your windows and doors from proper insulation and seal if needed. 
  • Shut off any outdoor spigots and check your pipes for proper insulation. 
  • NEVER leave you heat lower than 55 degrees.  
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2) Have the Right Equipment

Tons of snow has fallen and you need to clear it away. Come to find out you have no idea where your shovel is AND your snow blower isn’t working. 

  • Test you snow blower, make sure it works properly and efficiently. 
  • Know where your shovel, rock salt, snow brushes, and ice scrapers are. 
  • Have enough gas to operate any gas powered equipment and charge any batteries to operate any battery operated equipment. 

3) Ready Your Vehicle

At some point you will be faced with driving during or after a snowstorm. Basic vehicle preparation can keep you safe. 

  • Make sure your car is up to date on maintenance. 
  • Get snow tires or check the trend on your current tires. 
  • Have a snow brush and ice scraper in your vehicle. 
  • Gas up! 
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car, include: blankets, flashlights, batteries, extra clothes, cell phone chargers, charged battery pack, food & water, maps, kitty liter for wheel traction, first aid kit, jumper cables, and an air compressor. 
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4) Prepare for a Power Outage

Some power outages may be short but others can last for days or even weeks. Make sure you have the essentials.

  • Know where your flashlights are and make sure they have fully charged batteries. 
  • Stock up on candles, matches, and lighters.
  • Purchase a rechargeable lantern and a battered powered adapter to operate smaller electrical appliances or electronics. 
  • Invest in a generator if you live in an area that’s prone to outages. 

5) Stay Informed

There are many ways that you can stay informed about an on coming storm. 

  • Sign up for local  weather alerts and notifications.
  • Have a weather app on your phone.
  • Get a battery powered or rechargeable radio.
  • Know where the shut offs are located at your property.
  • Be informed on signs of hypothermia and frost bite, especially if there are older adults or young children in the home.
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This is a Winter Storm Warning!

In Upstate NY we are prone to many winter snowstorms. Therefore, you and your family need to be prepared in case of an emergency. By preparing your home, having the proper equipment, and stocking up your vehicle, you can help prevent issues that may arise. 

Snowstorms can be scary but they can also bring outdoor fun. Enjoy the snowy weather! Go sledding, skiing, snowboarding, and any other winter activities you may enjoy. 

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