Major storm just ahead. We’ve had our share of bad weather in recent years and so far, the only advantage to the frequency is that we know how to prepare.
The Red Cross advises residents to have enough supplies — non-perishable food, D batteries, gas and gas cans, fire wood and bottled water — on hand to last for three days.
We know better.
Some of these weather events have left homes without power for a week or longer, so stock up accordingly. Think about what you wished you had during the last outage and put those things at the top of your list.
Charge all of your electronics, including cell phones, tablets, e-readers, MP3 players and laptops. Download apps that will keep you up-to-date on the latest storm and travel information: The Weather Channel, The Hartford Courant are all free and available for both iOS and Android systems.
Update your phone list with information and numbers for family, neighbors, physicians and your snow plow service. Be sure you have your electric company’s emergency number programmed into your phone.
Get out your shovels and scrapers and make sure the snow blower is working.
Here’s 10 items You Need To Stock Up On Right Now
*Flashlights, lanterns and plenty of back up batteries.
*Gasoline. Fill your car. And if you’re lucky enough to have a generator, make sure you have a back-up supply of gas to keep it running.
*Water. A gallon per person per day.
*Prescription medication. (Now is not the time to run out of your blood pressure pills.)
*Non-perishable foods: peanut butter, protein bars, canned fish and canned beans. Baby food and formula. Pet food and supplies. (Make sure you have a manual can opener or choose containers with pull tops.)
*Cash (If debit and credit machines go down, your plastic is worthless.)
*Paper goods (Remember that giant stack of dirty dishes you had no way to wash?)
*Cooler and ice.
*Battery-powered chargers for your cell phone.
You can get more tips at www.ready.gov .