We're smack in the middle of the time where we're going to experience heavy snowfall in the Hudson Valley, and there are certain items you should have available when a storm hits.

Winter is back and a primary concern during the winter months is the potential loss of heat, power, telephone service, and a resulting shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day.

There are items that you want to always have on hand when a storm strikes:

  • Flashlight(s) and extra batteries
  • Battery-powered portable radio or NOAA Weather Radio to listen to weather forecasts and receive emergency information
  • A three-day supply of food that does not require cooking or refrigeration, i.e. canned goods, dried fruits, protein bars
  • Bottled water (one gallon per person per day)
  • A one-week supply of essential medicines and baby items
  • First aid kit and supplies
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags
  • Fire extinguisher and smoke detector (test units regularly to ensure they are working properly)
  • ICE Melt and snow shovels
  • At least a half a tank of gas in all vehicles
  • In the event of a power or heat outage, up to date shelter information can be found by calling the United Way’s 2-1-1 service.

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