Winter Storm Preparation Checklist
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Winter Storm Preparation Checklist

Winter weather in northern New England can be very unpredictable. Be prepared before a winter storm hits by planning ahead. Proper preparation will help you get through a big winter storm. This checklist will help get you started.

In preparation for a big storm, you should:

  • Fully charge your cell phone and other devices
  • Winterize your car, be sure it has plenty of gas, and equip it with an emergency kit (blanket, flashlight, non-perishable high-calorie snacks, bottled water, first aid kit, shovel, sand/salt or kitty litter, and jumper cables)
  • Request a fuel delivery of heating oil, propane, or kerosene (if you’re a will call customer, schedule delivery several days in advance—a last minute delivery isn’t always possible)
  • Get fuel for your generator and your snow blower
  • Refill any needed prescription medication
  • Post emergency response numbers where you can find them quickly

Be sure you have:

  • Bottled water and non-perishable food (3-day supply)
  • Flashlights and batteries (easily at hand)
  • Candles and matches or a lighter
  • A first aid kit
  • A manual can opener
  • Warm blankets or sleeping bags
  • Warm clothes including hats, gloves, jackets, and warm socks

And don’t forget:

  • Elderly neighbors or relatives—check on them frequently
  • Food and water for your pets (and keep them indoors during the storm)
  • Where you put the flashlights and batteries!
  • Games, books, or toys to keep the little ones occupied
  • Restock your emergency supplies after the storm to be ready in case another storm hits

If you need to drive during a storm:

  • Allow plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you
  • Keep your headlights on
  • Clear the ice and snow from all windows and the roof and hood of your vehicle

Common sense should prevail when weathering a storm. Pay attention to official forecasts and weather alerts and warnings. If there’s high wind, heavy snow, and low visibility, stay indoors. There’ll be plenty of time to play in the snow once the storm is over!