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20 Pointers for Getting Ready for a Big Snowstorm

Quick easy read for safety.

I used to spend a lot of time in areas of big snowstorms. Here are some tips.

1- Have all the cars filled with gas

2- Know where all flashlight are and have new batteries.

3- Keep cell phones charged and have car chargers.

4- Because you may lose heat via electrical outage have all sleeping bags, cleaned and available, stay aware of water pipes.

5- Have lots of good soups (I don't know why but soup tastes best during big storms lol)

6- Stock up on fresh water, fruits and things like power bars.

7- Park your car close to the road facing toward the road if it needs to be pushed onto out of a snow drift. check your windshield-wiper fluid, and some like to extend the wipes upward. Keep a small shovel in the car trunk.

8- Have best winter boots , winter gloves, and snow suits near the front door.

9- Have lots of DVD's movies in case the cable goes out.

10- Have a good radio and watch some news 12 long Island for area weather, news.

11- Check out the location of the snow shovels, rock salt, and make sure they're ready. Moving them closer to the front door, is better than leaving them in sheds in other spots on the property.

12- Have cash....$$$$$... go to a bank and ATM and have a few hundred in cash, Power outages no ATM's and in case of an emergency (it will be a weekend storm) cash is king.

13- Shovel show every 4" so that it never becomes ridiculous....never over do it, take it easy. Make sure if you take mediacations you have them current.

14- Make sure you have ample supply of coffee, hot cocoa, and tea... perhaps wine and some brandy lol...if you smoke have smokes.And chocolate bars taste best during snow storms and are helpful. Remember to wear poly/wool/synthetic socks and undergarments, in cold wet weather, "cotton kills."

15- Have cross country skis available as well as sleds and so forth for the kids.

16- A nice book, a good link to SouthamptonPatch.com and bring in lots of wood for the fireplaces if you have them. make sure you have fire-starter and newspapers to light the fire.

17- Also check he fluids in your car, especially oil and radiator fluid.

18- Check your tire tread, have chains if you think the car may need it.

19- If you have Four Wheel Drive, practice using it, make sure it is working should you now really need it.

20- Make sure you have matches, and keep flashlights at known spots around the house. 

Hopefully these 20 items are helpful and made you think of something to keep you and your family safe.

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TTTT February 08, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Same as with a hurricane ... bottled water, batteries of all shapes and sizes, wood or coal for the stove if you have one, blankets, list of important phone numbers, and lots of candles. :D
GOLD FINGER February 08, 2013 at 02:21 PM
OMG who lets this guy write such nonsense. Please PATCH does TJ help fund you guys? Listen people it's February it's suppose to snow and a foot of snow is not going to kill us. You are all overrating once again. Turn off the TV turn off the crap and get on with your lives.
christie nicolle February 08, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Patch: the post above here is NOT mine! Find out which liberal kook it is?
Brendan J. O'Reilly February 08, 2013 at 03:42 PM
@GOLD FINGER. You are free not to read T.J.'s contributions to Patch. But we will not remove our bloggers just because some people don't agree with what they have to say. You may also start your own blog to offer an alternative to T.J.'s posts, as long as a real name and user photo is attached: http://southampton.patch.com/blog/apply
T.J. Clemente February 08, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Thank you Brendan, I thank all for reading Southamptonpatch.com as for GOLDFINGER, as a writer you must have thick skin, when I wrote for that free weekly people were vocal, in supermarkets, at Town Board meetings and even at the beach lol. Some said nice things, some say not so nice things, but what is important is that they are reading the product. We don't write to please everyone, we write to inform, entertain, and share opinion.

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