Mother Nature just can’t seem to make up her mind here in Buffalo! It was in the 50’s last week, with green grass finally getting to brighten up our lawns and all that old snow and ice melting away, and now here we are, yet again, in the midst of a winter storm watch! Regardless of how much we want to put on our Bermuda shorts, flip flops and sit and picnic in the park, we need to stay alert and prepared, and you will be after reading our following tips below!
Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit for Home, Containing--
• Food- at least 3 day’s supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare foods such as canned food. Don’t forget a can opener.
• Bottled water (at least one gallon of water per person per day to last at least 3 days).
• First aid kit and essential medications.
• Battery or crank-powered NOAA weather radio, flashlight, and extra batteries
• Extra warm clothing, including boots, mittens, and a hat.
• Cell phone with charger.
• Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
• Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit for your car, too. Make sure your gas tank is full before travelling.
If the Power Goes Out--
• Do not use candles for lighting. Use flashlights or glow sticks only.
• Use items in the refrigerator first, then the freezer, then non-perishable foods.
• Use generators correctly – If you have a portable generator and the power goes out, always plan to keep the generator outdoors. Never operate it inside, never in the basement, garage, carport, or near any open windows. Connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not hook up a generator directly to your home's wiring.
Know What Winter Storm WATCHES and WARNINGS Mean--
• A Winter Storm WATCH means a winter storm is possible in your area. People in a Watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions via NOAA Weather radio, or local radio and television stations
• A Winter Storm WARNING means a winter storm has already begun or will soon begin in your area. Individuals in a Warning area should take immediate precautions.
So remember, only 24 more days until spring! We can do it Buffalo!
For more information on winter storm preparedness, please contact the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter at (716) 886-7500, or visit us online.