How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

A list of tips to prepare for a winter storm.

With snow light on the ground today and expected to fall heavily sometime after 4 p.m., here's a reminder of some things you can do to prepare, according to
a list posted online by the United Way of Connecticut:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Make sure each member of your household has a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat and water resistant boots
  • Extra blankets
  • Battery powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information
  • Canned food and nonelectric can opener
  • Bottled water
  • Extra medicine and baby items
  • First aid supplies
  • Healing fuel – fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a severe winter storm
  • Back up heating source, such as fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc.
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment
  • Sand to improve traction
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water
  • Make a Family Communication Plan. Your family may not be together when the storm strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another and how you will get back together.


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