This time it's not just going to be a sprinkle of snow, we are expecting a large accumulations of snow across the state of Connecticut. With any storm, it’s important to not only make sure you are prepared, but also your house and car.
Here is a precautionary list of items for you, your house, and your car.
For your house to protect you, you must first protect your house. Winter storms can cause a lot of internal damage that might not be visible to the eye.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, Ready website recommends that you plan and stay informed when any storm hits.
If you have a fireplace or wood stove, have a supply of dry, seasoned wood.
To prevent your pipes from freezing, you can insulate them with newspaper or plastic and to allow the faucets to drip during the cold weather to prevent freezing.
FEMA’s Ready website provides a “how to” in case you need to shut off your water valves.
It’s common when winter storms hit that schools might be closing, but businesses might not, which is why it is important to pack a disaster kit for the car.
Important items to include are a scraper, brush, rock salt, sand and, surprisingly, cat litter.
Clay-based cat litter can help to de-ice a surface and add traction when trying to drive in inclement weather.
And for you and your family, make sure to have a battery-powered radio to tune into the local news or the National Weather Service with information regarding the storm.
Also include extra blankets, canned foods, water bottles or jugs, flashlights and a lot of extra batteries.
Additional tips :
For more information, visit http://www.ready.gov/, click “Be Informed” and scroll down to the “Natural Disasters” and choose “Winter Storm & Extreme Cold.”