Snow? What Snow?
This is the view out my kitchen window Tuesday, January 7th 2014. Western New York is in the midst of a blizzard and state of emergency. Can you tell by my photo?
No really, it's pretty bad outside. Just 10 minutes later I couldn't see my car due to blowing snow.
It is freezing out (wind chills below zero), visibility goes from A-OK to nothing in seconds, schools and businesses declared closings for Tuesday on Monday night and nearly 150 miles of thruway is closed from Rochester, NY to the PA State Line due to the weather. It is serious.
But in my neck of the woods it's just really cold and blowing snow. I don't want to be out there and haven't been; it's been a stay in my PJ's, shower and put new PJ's on kinda day. And what else is there to do but blog about it. Are you ready in case of a winter emergency?
1. Stock Your Home
Food:milk, bread, eggs, water and non-perishables such as granola bars; Supplies: batteries, flashlights, blankets and a fuly stocked first-aid kit; TOILET PAPER!
Yes, toilet paper gets its own stocking category
2. Practice Safety
... and common sense. Adhere to any and all travel advisories and bans that your country or local government put in place. A travel ban (making it illegal to be on the road) is put in place because travel has been deemed unsafe for all. If you were hit with a surprise storm and were unable to do #1, maybe bunk up with a neighbor if you run out. Then stock up for next time.
If you lose power, contact your local energy provider to make them aware of the situation. Then conserve heat. Bundle up making sure to cover your head. If have a generator, make sure you run the generator OUTSIDE and at least 20 feet from the house. And your neighbors too please.
3. Prevent the Crazies
Being stuck inside can stink, especially if you don't see an end in sight. Create an emergency fun kit to keep yourself and little ones occupied. Make sure you have activities to do that don't require electricity too, just in case!
Be safe and stay warm! We'll be back to normal and above normal temps here in Buffalo by the weekend. Thank goodness!