11 Smart Things to Do Before Winter Storm Jonas Hits
Check out our last-minute checklist to make sure you're ready
Snowmageddon 2016 is almost here. Thousands of flights have been canceled, and in Washington, D.C., which is expecting record snowfall, all bus and rail service will be shuttered for the weekend. Long Island, the New Jersey shore and the coast of Maryland are bracing for high winds with gusts of at least 60 miles per hour.
Grocery stores are seeing long lines, and many are already out of items like bread and milk.
You've probably stocked up on shovels and rock salt and groceries already. But you may have forgotten at least one smart prep move. Take a look at this checklist and see.
1. Charge your cellphone. Also charge laptops so you can use them to charge your phone in case you lose power.
2. Stock food that doesn’t need to be cooked or refrigerated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests bread, granola bars, crackers and dried fruit. Peanut butter works, too, as do cans of tuna (as long as you have a manual can opener).
3. Buy more water than you think you need. You should have one gallon of water per person per day, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Children, nursing mothers and sick people may need more.
4. Leave your faucets open a bit so water drips, the American Red Cross says. This will help keep your pipes from freezing.
5. Buy hand sanitizer, towelettes, paper products and plastic bags for sanitation in case you end up without water, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says.
6. Move your car off the street so snowplows can do their job and so you don't end up with a huge shoveling job or a towed or ticketed car.
7. Fill your car with gas so it’s ready in case of an emergency, the CDC says. This will also help prevent the fuel line from freezing.
8. Buy a battery-operated flashlight and pick up extra batteries. Also, if you live in a storm-prone area, consider buying a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio so you can stay on top of storm updates if you lose power.
9. Stock up on medications you might need so you don’t have to venture out during the storm or right after it when roads may be covered with snow and ice. And make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit to treat cuts or blisters that may happen while shoveling or snow blowing.
10. Make plenty of ice. Put containers of water in the freezer. They'll help keep your food cold if the power goes out. Leave room for the water to expand.
11. Buy a large cooler. If the power goes out, put ice in the cooler and move anything you really want to save, including milk and any medication that needs refrigeration, into it.
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