Winter is right around the corner. Before it gets here I want you to review this piece I wrote posted on March 12 as a guide for your winter storm preparation efforts.
A major storm is predicted to hit New England tonight, bringing snow totals of up to 24 inches in parts of the region. Boston could get slammed with more than a foot of snow.
New Englanders are used to snow, but even experienced need refreshing once in awhile. What should be done to prepare for a Nor’Easter like the one about to hit?
Despite the jokes about hysterical shoppers fighting for the last loaves of bread and bottles of milk, food prep is a top priority. You should always have enough nonperishable foods in your house to last you a week (bare minimum).
One benefit of major snow storms is that they come with a lot of easily obtainable water. Just melt the snow! But if you prefer drinking your water when you want it, and not having to pre-melt it, stocking up is recommended.
Along with snow, a Nor’Easter brings wind, lots of it. Those extreme winds can knock out power and communications lines for days, even weeks.
When the power goes out, your strategy must adapt. You could suffer from having no heat, no light, no electric stoves or appliances, and possibly no running water if you have a well. If you are at this point, you’ve already made the mistake of not having a generator. That was a mistake, but you must keep moving.
Let’s talk about each of those problems in turn.