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Before The Storm: Emergency Preparedness Tips

February 7, 2013 5:18 PM

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(Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

(Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

(Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

(Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Tips To Prepare BEFORE the Storm

• Create a Family Disaster Plan.

Read: Boston’s Best Resources For Emergency Preparedness

• Put together your disaster supplies as recommended. Click here for a supply list. Have sufficient supplies to survive on your own for at least three days. There should be some non-perishable food, bottled water, flashlights and extra batteries around the house, along with a portable radio or NOAA Weather Radio in case of power outages or other emergencies caused by a winter storm.

(Photo credit: Thinkstock)

(Photo credit: Thinkstock)

• Put together a first aid kit.

• Fill up containers of water before the storm hits.

Read: MEMA’s Winter Weather Tips

• In the event of an extended power outage, don’t worry too much about food spoiling. The snow works well as a freezer. Keep in mind though that defrosting frozen food could present an issue.

• Trim trees to reduce potential damage from falling limbs. Trim them back from house and power lines.

Related: Guide To Staying Safe During A Winter Storm

• Prepare your car.  Check gas, oil, and water. Check your windshield wiper fluid. Also, check your car’s emergency gear, such as a flashlight, spare tire, and jumper cables.

• Keep a windshield scraper and small broom for ice and snow removal.

• Have a shovel on hand even if you have a snow blower… just in case.

Read: Before The Storm: The Tech Checklist

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