Getting Through The Historic 2013 Northeast Blizzard

Auto Emergency kit winterThe snowstorm expected to hit the Northeast from New York City into the northern points of New England has been described as “historic.” But with power outages and other damage predicted, local news stations and publications are providing advice about preparing and lasting through.

According to the New Haven Register, citizens should not only prepare with the basics, such as batteries, flashlights, canned goods, water, and other supplies, but also be ready with their cars and homes. For instance, a vehicle should not only be free of ice and snow, but it should additionally be equipped with an adequate winter auto emergency kit.

Generators, too, are also helpful, but be attuned to their usage. Leaving one inside a building, the Register points out, can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Homes, too, are susceptible to damage, especially from snow and falling trees. While any cracked roof or broken window should quickly be repaired once the storm is over, assess and record all damages before contacting the insurance company.

While the New Haven Register did a decent job with a preparation list, we have a few suggestions regarding the vehicle and the home:

Protect your car. If you have a particularly sturdy portable garage, such as a metal carport, make sure the structure is sturdy before storing your vehicle underneath. If such a shelter isn’t on your property, opt for a tarp. Cover your vehicle with it and secure it to make snow removal easier.

Get roofing repair supplies. As roofing contractors are extremely busy after such a storm, you make end up having to temporarily repair a damaged roof yourself. Be sure to have multiple medium-duty tarps on hand, as well as any boards and nails for securing. Once the road are clear, contact a Connecticut roofing repair company.

Stock up on food. The quickest way to have an emergency supply available is purchasing a kit of freeze-dried foods, which simply need water. As such storms may result in evacuation, make sure any kit you purchase can be grabbed easily during such an event.

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