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Preparing For A Nor’easter

Winter storms can be beautiful to watch while you are staring out your window from a nice warm home with a cup of hot chocolate and your favorite Netflix show streaming on your television but are you prepared if things go wrong?

Below we outline a few helpful tips to get you through the up and coming storm.

BEFORE THE STORM

Preparation is key to riding out a storm that may limit your travel, create a loss of power and limit communication.

  • Be well informed – Sign up for local alerts and warnings.
  • Create an Emergency Plan should you lose power for an extended period of time.
  • Stock up on Emergency Supplies and batteries for items like flashlights, carbon monoxide detectors, etc.
  • Be sure to have a few days worth of any mandatory prescription medications.
  • Stock up on bottled water and food items that you will not need to cook.
  • Gather warm clothes and blankets as well as waterproof clothing like boots, gloves, pants and jacket.
  • Make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas.

DURING THE STORM

Most injuries and dangers from a winter storm can be avoided by simply staying put and being prepared with all the supplies needed to ride out the storm.

  • Stay off the road – Only travel when it is absolutely necessary.
  • Don’t over-exert yourself when shoveling snow.
  • Dress for the occasion if you should need to leave the comfort of your home.

PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY

  • Removing the weight of heavy snow from your roof can prevent a roof collapse but should only be done carefully. Never step directly onto the roof in order to remove the snow. Use a snow removal roof rake instead.
  • Heat your homes safely. Make sure that nothing flammable is next to portable heaters and never leave an open flame or fireplace unattended.
  • As snow begins to melt, ice dams can occur on your roof and create major damage to your home. To read more on Ice Dams, click here.