The following information was made available by the American Red Cross:
"It's always easier to make a plan and gather resources before a storm hits which is why the American Red Cross always encourages preparedness," said Tim Pitoniak, Chief Disaster Officer. “Now is the time to get ready and prepare before the storm starts.”
Some of the most important things to do in order to be prepared to shelter in place before a winter storm include:
- Food and Water—have at least a 3-day supply; one gallon of water per person per day is recommended;
- Flashlights with batteries;
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and extra batteries;
- First aid kit as well as medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane);
- Fully charge cell phones and laptops prior to the storm;
- Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members; and
- Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves.
Other tools available include the Red Cross Shelter Finder App to find a place to stay if displaced. Visit http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/shelter-finder-app for more information.
For a comprehensive winter storm safety check, available in several different languages visit: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4240231_WinterStorms.pdf