A “historic” winter storm is on the way: Here’s how to prepare

by susan on February 7, 2013

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Above: Snowy weather is on the way

It’s been a while since we’ve had a major winter storm, but the one headed our way on Friday and Saturday is being called by forecasters “potentially historic.” Upwards of two feet of snow may fall in our area. The snow will be accompanied by strong winds, and blizzard conditions are expected in some areas. Power outages are a distinct possibility.

Southborough emergency personnel are closely monitoring the storm, and have been taking part in conference calls with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service. Officials are getting ready, and they urge residents to do the same.

MEMA has a host of useful information posted on its website to help you prepare for winter weather. One key piece of advice is to put together a winter emergency supply kit. Your kit should include the following:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Portable radio or NOAA Weather Radio with extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Essential prescription medicines
  • Non-perishable Food
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Water (one gallon per person/per day)
  • Baby items
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags
  • Fire extinguisher

For more tips on what to do before, during, and after a winter storm, visit the MEMA website.

1 Pat Q. February 7, 2013 at 3:07 PM

I am powering up all my mobile devices. I do have a little piece of mind knowing that
you are usually looking out for all of us Susan!

*no pressure though….. I hope you can enjoy the storm with your kids : )

2 susan February 7, 2013 at 3:22 PM

I’ll do my best – both keeping you informed and having fun!

3 Pat Q. February 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

I just re-read my post…….can’t believe I said “piece of mind” …isn’t it “peace of
mind”? God, I hate getting old.

: )

4 Pat Q. February 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

FYI……..went to Collela’s market within the last 1/2 hour and noticed they are out of batteries.

Hopkinton Drug Store had plenty of batteries (even size D), plenty of
shovels and ice melt as well.

Happy Storm everyone!

5 Pat D February 7, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Don’t forget those of us who are on a well, fill as many large containers (and/or the bathtub) as possible with water. If we loose power, we loose water! Good luck everyone.

6 Carrie February 8, 2013 at 8:32 AM

someone passed on a tip to me some time ago >>> raise the temp in your house a few degrees well before there is the chance that power will go out that way if you lose power you will stay warm that much longer (maybe not but to me it makes a bit of mental sense) also, i keep extra blankets out on my kids beds and on top of the blankets flashlights–if we lose power there is not any scrambling and they have some sense of control.

be safe everyone!

7 Pat Q February 8, 2013 at 9:01 AM

It is also recommended that you turn up the cold settings on your fridge and freezer to higher settings…..

8 daddyo February 8, 2013 at 5:12 PM

another good idea I have found. fill some containers with water and freeze them. if you loose power you can put them in your refrigerator. your food will keep longer.

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