Safety Measures: What to do Ahead of the Snowstorm

As the Philadelphia area prepares for a major snowstorm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross recommend you do the following to prepare to be potentially stuck inside through the storm.

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Prepare an emergency preparedness kit. Make sure you have stocked medical items, such as contact lens solution and extra batteries for hearing aids. Refill all of your prescriptions for at least a week's supply. Don't forget to stock up on hygienic products like toothpaste, toilet paper and bandages. Your kit should also include non perishable snacks for all family members, and at least 3 gallons of water per each person.
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Both organizations recommend you keep a full tank of gas in your vehicle. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
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Have a supply of drinking water for at least three days. For other water sources, FEMA recommends you fill your bathtub in case power knocks out your water source. The American Red Cross recommends stocking at least 3 gallons of water per person and 1 gallon of water per pet.
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Supply your shelves with canned foods and foods that are easily prepared for at least three days. The roads may be too dangerous to travel to the supermarket, so make sure you do it before the snowstorm.
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Keep a supply of rock salt or ice melter for walkways. Sand or cat litter works too-- it adds traction.
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Also, help your neighborhood by keeping fire hydrants clear of snow and note where fire hydrants are in your area.
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Buy batteries -- and lots of them! You may need them for flashlights, radios and other electronics.
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For those with little ones at home, make sure you have enough baby supplies like formula, clean bottles, diapers and baby food.
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Prepare battery-powered flashlights or lanterns (with extra batteries!).
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If the power goes out, The American Red Cross recommends avoiding use candles. If you do use them, never leave them alone.
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A battery-powered radio will help keep you connected to weather alerts if the power goes go out.
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Make sure your devices are fully charged in case the power goes out. Be sure to download emergency apps and the NBC10 app to keep up to date on the storm as it changes.
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Check your battery in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
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For those with space or kerosene heaters: keep them at least three feet away from anything flammable such as furniture or drapes. Never leave kerosene heaters unattended, and make sure all space heaters are turned off when you go to sleep.
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Do not take your car out unless you absolutely have to. If you must use your car, stock it with the following supplies: a first aid kit, blankets, extra clothing, batteries, cell charger and booster cables.
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If you have a four-legged friend at the house, don't forget to stock up on pet supplies. To read how to keep your pets safe during the snowstorm or cold weather, click here.
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Philadelphia and its surrounding areas are expecting significant snow. Click here for more information from our First Alert Weather team.
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