Blizzard Disaster Preparedness As beautiful as newly fallen snow can be, it can also be disruptive, destructive, and deadly. Heavy snow on roadways can make for dangerous driving. Snow on power lines can also cause power outages that can last for days. Being prepared for heavy snowfall and having extra emergency supplies on hand is the best way to make sure your family stays safe both during and after the storm.
Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
Water, one gallon of water per person per day for three days (both drinking and sanitation)
Food, three-day supply, non-perishable
Battery or hand crank radio and an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
Flashlights and extra batteries
First aid kit
Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
Moist towelettes, garbage bags, plastic ties (personal sanitation)
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Manual can opener for food
Local paper maps
Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Family Communication Plan:
Your family may not be together, plan how you will contact one another.
Create a contact card for all family members and keep them in a wallet, purse, backpack, briefcase, etc.
Check emergency plans with your children’s daycare or school.
Identify a non-local friend or relative household members can notify when they are safe, they may be in a better position to communicate between
If you have a cell phone, program that person(s) as “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) on your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will
often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know.
Text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through.
HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO HELP YOU PREPARE AND STAY SAFE: