A Storm is a Brewing, Are you Ready?

… Blizzard Warning remains in effect from 3 PM this afternoon to
6 am EST Sunday…

* hazard types… heavy snow and wind with blowing and drifting
snow Friday afternoon through Saturday night. Sleet may mix
with the snow Friday night into Saturday morning east of
Interstate 95 before changing back to all snow by Saturday

* Accumulations… snow accumulation of more than 2 feet.

* Timing… heavy snow will develop late Friday afternoon and
continue through Saturday night. Conditions are expected to
deteriorate Friday afternoon with the heaviest snow…
strongest winds… and potential life threatening conditions
expected Friday night through Saturday.

* Impacts… heavy snow and blowing snow will cause dangerous
conditions and will be a threat to life and property. Travel
is expected to be severely limited if not impossible during
the height of the storm Friday night and Saturday. Visibility
will be reduced to near zero at times in whiteout conditions.

* Winds… north 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

* Temperatures… in the mid 20s.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds
and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout
conditions… making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If
you must travel… have a winter survival kit with you. If you get
stranded… stay with your vehicle. Prepare for the possibility of
power outages during snowy and cold conditions.

Here we go folks. We have a single event due to hit the East Coast of America in just a few hours and as always my question is… Are you ready?

From recent news updates stores are already running out of food on the shelves and gas stations are running out of fuel. A predicted 30″ on snow in some area’s can devastate an area with power outages and downed tree’s. Many people will be hunkering down.

I have lived through storms like this and have learned that it can take up to a week before damages can be restored. Being prepared for an event like this means that you have just a few important things to see you through.

Some things are obvious like water, food and a full tank of gas in your vehicle, but what about the other things like an emergency radio, an alternate heat source and a generator. With loss of power also comes loss of light. Do you have flashlights in place with enough batteries for the next week? No TV, no internet, no cell phones means that you will have plenty of time for other activities. Even one single deck of playing cards will help you through and of course some books to read. You have food but do you have a way to keep things cold or a way to cook them should your stove not work?

One the things I learned about times like these is “Cash is King”. With a grid down situation it also means that your ATM card is pretty much a piece of toast. Do you have enough cash on hand to make what ever purchases you may need to make as roads start clearing up?

We may not all be living on a homestead with all of the tools necessary to see us through a storm like this, but there are some items that are a must. How about a snow shovel and outdoors broom? A snow thrower would be better but most people don’t think about purchasing one until they understand the threat of an upcoming storm and by that time they are usually sold out.

Are you in good health and practice trying to stay in shape? This is very important as you cannot help yourself or anyone else if you are not in physical shape to start shoveling snow. And I warn against it as shoveling snow, especially high volume snow is extremely hard work. I remember a storm that dropped 22″ of snow on us and it took 4 hours of continuous shoveling just to get the driveway cleared out.

People really do not like to think about things like this but the truth of the matter is that is a huge difference between those who do and those who don’t. Being prepared means everything when nature decides to throw us a curveball every now and then. Even if you don’t live in this region where snow storms can reap having on your community there are other natural events that can. Are you ready?

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24 Responses to A Storm is a Brewing, Are you Ready?

  1. Lynn Thaler says:

    Great post. I live in Alabama and tornadoes have been known to cause wide spread destruction, which results in a lose of power for a couple of weeks. Being prepared is a must.

  2. Kim Smyth says:

    Fantastic article worth sharing! All my northern friends and family need to be ready!

  3. facetfully says:

    Good advice, as usual, from you! The cash comment is the one that spoke to me…thanks!

  4. A says:

    Great post! I live in the dark pink section of your map. I grew up in coastal Alabama where hurricane prep was a way of life. Still , hadn’t thought of the importance of cash. Thank you for your insight.

  5. We had 8″, in NM while NY was warm a balmy. Now it’s their turn. Some really good points. I move out of NM 1 week later. I am not able to shovel snow or do winters anymore.

  6. geekkat says:

    Absolutely, it is a definite where ever you live. Some places it is snow others it is tornadoes. You never can tell what’s going to happen. That’s why I always keep a store of dry foods as well as back up propane for my grill and gas for my generator 🙂

  7. Jenn Prime says:

    I’ve been absent from the blogoshpere for some time, but I try to check on yours and have followed this latest thread with interest. I have served on the Islands’ Emergency Preparedness Team here on Marrowstone, and I applaud your efforts. One thing that I have learned, and forgive me if you’ve already addressed this (my monitoring has been spotty), is that one of the most valuable things in an emergency on the scale of disaster is communications. As part of our training we were encouraged to take a class and get a ham radio license. It was a two-day crammed course, but well worth the time. If you worry about the more technical aspects, let me just say that along with us more (ahem) mature learners, there was one nine year old. The class here was free, and the license is only ten dollars for ten years. I have a simple Baofang radio that cost me thirty-five dollars for the pair and work fine. Radio waves will still exist no matter what, and in an emergency you can be a great help to both your own family and others. Even in a global disaster, someone will find batteries and start broadcasting. For your consideration…

  8. I can’t tell if I’m inthe the dark pink orblue dark purple section. But my driveway is covered. I hope I’m prepared…

  9. New Journey says:

    another great post…..yes cash is always good to have on hand…we always have a small stash….kat

  10. cherylfoston says:

    Another great post! I went through the last big storm in New England that took place a few years ago at the end of October, and after no power, no hot water (but gas stove) so we were able to bath, and no lights for a week…I am always prepared for whatever comes our way. That was a great lesson of survival.

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