Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy winter!

After looking out the window for the past few weeks, it seems like we’ve already had our share of snow… but winter only officially begins today Buffalo!  With yourself, your friends and relatives all doing a lot of traveling and visiting, it’s important to be prepared for a lot of situations.  What if a big snow storm hit and you lost power in your home for 3 days with all of your relatives stuck because of travel ban? Would there be enough non-perishable food and water for all of you? 
Being short on food generally isn’t a huge concern around the holidays.  However, many of my holiday favorites require refrigeration… and although eating 20 servings of my mom’s amazing ├ęclair cake might get me through the first day (and would definitely make it a very enjoyable one!) it wouldn’t be safe to eat that when it isn’t refrigerated for 2-3 days.    That’s why it’s important to sort through your cupboards now!
See how much canned food and other non-perishable items like granola bars, nuts and water you have.  Looking now will allow you to just add the extra items you need to your holiday grocery shopping, let you easily check one more thing of that long holiday check list and allow you to rest a little easier knowing that although that winter warning may be blinking across the bottom of the television screen... you and your guests are ready!
Other things to be sure to have on hand:
  • Activities that don’t require electricity… that means no Wii or holiday movies!
    • Cards- Go Fish, Hearts, I Doubt It, Old Maid, Slapjack, Solitaire, Spoons and my favorite… Euchre!
      •  Don’t know how to play any of those? Click on the links above to get instructions and learn how… BEFORE the electricity goes out!
    • Board games- Apples to Apples, Jenga, Monopoly, Scrabble and Twister… just to name a few of our favorites here at the Chapter!
  • Batteries
  • Blankets
  • Flashlights (NO candles… the prevalence of fires always goes up during power outages due to the increased use)
  • Generator (If you have one make sure that it is outdoors)
  • Hand can opener
  • Know Buffalo’s emergency evacuation routes, as they are the most likely to be cleared
    • Broadway, Clinton Street, Delaware Avenue, Elmwood Avenue, Exchange Street, Genesee Street, Main Street, Niagara Street, Seneca Street, South Park Avenue and William Street
  • Shovels and salt
So Buffalo, take the hint from Mother Nature! Get prepared with us here at the Chapter because March 20th (the first day of spring) is a long way away!  For more winter preparedness tips and advice on what to stock up on, visit the Chapter online!

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