New England winters may be beautiful, but they can pack a serious, and sometimes unpredictable punch. Being well-prepared can make the difference between disaster and living in a winter wonderland!

Before the Storm

Phones: Fully charge phones and/or other electronic devices.
Cars: Make sure you have plenty of gas in the tank, or your car is fully charged. Pack an emergency kit to keep within reach that includes blankets, a flashlight, non-perishable snacks, bottled water, a first aid kit, a snow brush, a shovel, sand/salt or kitty litter, and jumper cables.
Fuel: If you rely on heating fuel to heat your home, check your tank to be sure you have an ample supply on hand. If you’re running low, order well ahead of the storm as last-minute deliveries may not be possible. Make sure you also have fuel for your generator and snow blower!
Medication: Refill any needed prescription medication.

Supplies to Keep On Hand

  • Bottled water and non-perishable food (at least a 3-day supply)
  • A manual can opener
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • A solar charger or rechargeable power bank for charging cell phones
  • Candles and matches or a lighter
  • A first aid kit
  • Warm blankets or sleeping bags
  • Warm clothes including hats, gloves, jackets, and warm socks

If You Need to Drive During a Storm:

Clear the ice and snow from all windows and the roof and hood of your vehicle.

Keep your headlights on.

Allow plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Heed weather alerts and warnings. If there’s high wind, heavy snow, and low visibility, stay indoors.

Don’t Forget…

Elderly Neighbors or Relatives: Check on them frequently!
Pets: Keep them indoors during the storm and be sure they have sufficient food and water.
Kids: Create activities to keep them busy.
Supplies: Restock them after the storm.