When the Northeast Winter Hits, It Can Be a Knockout

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While those who live in the Northeast are a resilient bunch, a blizzard can prove dangerous to even the most seasoned dweller. The best defense is preparedness.
When the Northeast winter hits, it can be a knockout! While those who live in the Northeast are a resilient bunch, a blizzard can prove dangerous to even the most seasoned dweller. 

Winter storms can be deceptive, Mother Nature unpredictable. Meteorologists have been trying to pin her down for decades. However, the best defense against her wrath is preparedness. 

Now/Prepare

  • Stay informed. Sign-up for local alerts and monitor local weather forecasts. The forecast can change quickly throughout the day!
  • Pack an emergency kit, just in case you lose power, containing these essentials:
    • 3-day supply of food and water for you, your family and pets
    • Flashlights with batteries to spare
    • Battery-operated radio
    • Extra batteries
    • Toiletry items
    • 3-day supply of medications
    • Extra blankets, clothes and outerwear
    • Cell phone chargers
  • Winterize your home. Take preventative measures such as leaving cabinet doors open to ensure heat gets to the pipes in your kitchen or add weather stripping for extra protection around your doors and windows!
  • Stock up on heating-fuel. Make sure you have enough alternative sources of heat, like oil, gas or wood.
  • Identify a place nearby where you can safely warm up should you lose your heat.

During/Survive

  • Stay indoors. If you must go outside, be sure to layer warm, loose-fitting clothing and stay dry.
  • Ensure proper ventilation for alternative heating sources to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Stay off the roads to allow for emergency response units to get to where they are needed most.
  • Close off unnecessary rooms to consolidate and retain heat.
  • Keep your pets safe from outdoor conditions.

After/Be Safe

  • For extended power outages, it may be in your best interest to go to a public shelter if the conditions allow.
  • Restock your emergency kit if you used supplies.
  • Consider raking snow off of your roof. The heavy weight of snow can damage your roof and cause unsafe conditions.
For more information regarding winter storm preparedness, visit http://www.ready.gov

Be sure to discuss your Homeowners or Renters insurance policy with your independent agent! While no one can predict a natural disaster, you can certainly Live Assured that Preferred Mutual has you covered. 


This information has been prepared and is intended for educational purposes only and is not legal advice and/or an authoritative guide. The information and content provided here is not intended to be relied upon for making personal, safety, insurance, medical, legal or other decisions.
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