Preparing for a Snow Storm

by Ashley Drane on February 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm

People are still without power and another winter storm is moving in Tuesday and Wednesday. The Red Cross  want you to be prepared if you lose your power.

Julie Davis from the Muskingum Valley Red Cross tells us how to prepare for a power outage in a snow storm.

"If you have elderly neighbors or people with younger kids you need to make sure they are okay. The problem is, is it going to be safe to try and get out," Davis said.

That’s why you need to plan ahead and be stocked up on shovels, flash lights, batteries, and of course everything from gloves and snow boots to bundle up. Another thing you need to think about is having plenty of bottled water and non-perishable foods.

"Well you need to have food in the house that you can get by with that you not need if you don’t have electricity like make sure you have a manual can opener pop top cans have a supply of nonperishable foods available in the house," Davis said.

If you plan on using a fire place or wood burner if the power goes out make sure it’s in good working order. And if you are using a kerosene heater you need to make sure it’s three feet away from everything. Davis said consider getting a car charger for your phone because if you loose power you can charge your phone that way. She also said let the power company know your power is out, then call your local authorities and they can help you find a local shelter. The Salvation Army offers a warm place to go and a meal.