Here comes more extreme weather and it’s headed for the Northeast. Blizzards can produce dangerous whiteout driving conditions, power outages and food shortages in stores. Health Briefs TV offers tips on how to survive blizzards both inside and outside on the road.
Monitor weather and news reports about the areas most affected by Mother Nature. If officials warn residents to stay off the roads, stay off of the roads. If it is necessary to drive someplace, be prepared.
In The Car
- Pack thermal blankets in a plastic bag and store them in the trunk or back seat.
- Buy protein bars, dried fruit and other snacks and pack them in sealable baggies. Keep them in the trunk or glove box.
- Buy a bag of cheap kitty litter to pour under tires when stuck in rut.
- Check your vehicle to be sure you have charging cables, working flashlights, extra water, anti-freeze and extra cell phone chargers.
- If driving conditions become too bad, pull over and turn the emergency lights on. Call a relative or friend and let them know where you are.
- Stock up on non-perishable items like tea, hot chocolate mix, instant coffee, soup and hot cereals. If low, go to the store 48 hours before the storm arrives and replenish food and beverages.
- Health Briefs TV suggests withdrawing cash from an ATM or at the point-of-sale at the store.
- Launder all clothing, bed linens and blankets, including extras.
- Check windowsills and doors for air cold leaking in. Plug them with old towels.
- Charge all digital devices for as long as possible.
- If you have a garage, make room to park one or two cars in it.
- Be sure to stock up on pet food, medications, flashlights and batteries before the storm comes. Candles, unless they are jar candles, are fire hazards in the home, and more so when pets and small children are around.
- If the power goes out, bundle up and enjoy each other’s company playing games, reading, telling stories or napping. Take it easy and wait the storm out.