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Preparing For a Winter Storm

Winter storms can be beautiful to watch while you are staring out your window in your nice, warm home, a cup of hot chocolate in hand, and your favorite Netflix show streaming on your television, but a cozy scene can turn from serene to serious very quickly – Are you prepared if things go wrong?
Below we outline a few helpful tips to get you through a threatening storm.

Before The Storm

Winter Storm Prep ShoppingPreparation 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 and carbon monoxide detectors.
• 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 such as boots, gloves, pants, and jacket.
• Make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas.
• Generators can be a lifesaver during extended power outages. Make sure you have enough gas to power yours if needed.

Protect Your Property (Before The Storm)

• Insulating exposed water pipes or allowing your faucets to drip can prevent pipes from freezing and bursting during a loss of power.
• Know where your emergency shut-offs are located in case pipes burst.
• Make sure that your rain gutters are clear of debris.
• Locate a fire extinguisher and keep it close by.

During The Storm

Winter Storm – Refrain From Driving.

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 overexert yourself when shoveling snow.
• Dress for the occasion if you should need to leave the comfort of your home.

Protect Your Property (During The Storm)

• 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. Removing snow and the build-up of ice from your gutter systems can help reduce the risk of costly property damage.

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