In the northeast, winter can be brutal. Just like other parts of the country encounter hurricanes or tornados, we have snowstorms. Snowstorms in the northeast can be so extreme that you could get snowed into your home for days on end and it’s important to be prepared ahead of time.

Stock Your Pantry

After a heavy snowfall or blizzard, power outages are likely. This could leave you depending on non-perishable food items while you wait to be dug out. Making sure that you have water, canned goods, and snacks on hand can be beneficial. When it comes to water, the rule of thumb is typically a gallon per person per day, for at least three days. Aim to include items that are full of protein such as nuts and jerky as well as items such as energy bars to help make sure everyone keeps their energy up.

Last Minute Essentials

We all have heard and maybe even joked about individuals who rush the stores for milk and eggs when snow is predicted. Despite the jokes, in addition to your pantry essentials, it’s a good idea to have bread, eggs, fresh fruit and veggies, and milk on hand.

Cover All Your Bases

Depending on the makeup of your household, some members may have unique needs. Preparing for those unique needs in the event of a snowstorm can help reduce stress and keep everyone safe. Make sure to have at least a one-week supply of any prescription medications or medical supplies. Stock up on baby food, formula, and diapers. Take a moment to ensure your pets are prepared as well by stocking up on pet food and any medication they may need.

Prep Your Household

In the event that you become snowed in, you should also make sure you have items such as flashlights, batteries, portable chargers, a can opener, and a first aid kit on hand. It’s also a good idea to make sure that your generator is in proper working condition, you have plenty of blankets and warm clothing on hand, and that your family has an emergency plan in place.

A heavy snowstorm can be scary, especially if you lose power or become snowed in, making sure that you are prepared and have the essentials on hand can make all the difference. As we head into the winter season, you can take some of these steps such as stocking your panty and making sure your household is ready long before the storm ever hits. Be proactive, get prepared, and don’t panic!

For more winter safety tips from the American Red Cross click here.