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Top 10: Snow Storm Must-Have List
Friday, February 8, 2013
With the winter storm coming, it is hard not to let our minds wander back to not one, but two major NH power outages in less than five years. Grocery stores were slammed yesterday with early planners, and the traffic is likely again today. After browsing the internet, I've compiled a list for the Top 10 Winter Storm supply items. In addition to pulling out your extra blankets, and winter clothing, (hats, mittens, etc), these items may help you and your family stay safer and more comfortable in the case of a power outage. Also, if you're out of rock salt/sand, and the stores are raided before you get there, did you know you could use non-clumping kitty litter to generate temporary traction without damaging vegetation!
1. Water-at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
2. Food-at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
3. Flashlight & extra batteries (candles and matches are helpful, too!)
4. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
5. First aid kit
6. Personal hygiene items (toiletries, etc.)
7. Cell phone with chargers
8. Family and emergency contact information
9. Extra cash
10. Baby and/or pet supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers) (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
A lengthier list and other preparedness information can be found on the American Red Cross Web site. Additionally, the Red Cross outlines the difference between Winter Weather Advisory, Winter Storm Watch, and Winter Storm Warning:
Winter Weather Advisory - Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.
Winter Storm Watch - Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.
Winter Storm Warning - Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.
Be safe, New Hampshire!