Watertown, Mass: Do You Have Enough Emergency Supplies?
Winter may not be coming to Westeros until April, but it is here now in Middlesex County. Temps are headed for the single digits tonight, and we had our first snowstorm back in November.
Watertown, MA Emergency Supplies
Now is the time to check your emergency supplies and make sure you are ready for whatever a Massachusetts storm wants to throw at you.
Take a look at what you have from last year.
Are there food and medicine items that should be refreshed?
Have your needs changed?
Making time now to purchase these items before a storm is forecast will save you time and could save you money as well. You will not need to stand in long lines at the grocery with all the other storm shoppers when you plan ahead. Plus, you can spread your purchases over several trips if necessary and take advantage of sales.
Food and Water
At the very least, you should have enough food and water for all members of your household--including your pets—to last three days. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends storing three gallons per person or animal, one gallon a day per individual.
Canned goods are always a handy option in case the power goes out and you cannot use refrigerated food. Check the dates on any cans you stored in the past to see if you should rotate them out with newer products.
Medicine and First Aid
You should also have at least three days of medicine for anyone who takes regular prescriptions. Check the dates on over-the-counter medicines and first aid creams to be sure they have not expired. Replace them if warranted.
Batteries and Matches
Every household should have a battery-operated radio in order to hear emergency broadcasts when the power goes out. You should also have a flashlight in an easy-to-access spot. All batteries should be updated to ensure they will work when you need them.
If you will use lighters or matches to light candles, make sure you have an adequate supply.
As the Storm Approaches
Fortunately, we get adequate warning for most winter storms in Watertown, Mass. When you hear one is approaching, do not forget to fill your gas tank in case you have to travel. You will want to avoid driving in snow and ice if possible, but you should still have plenty of fuel in case you must venture out.
Charge all phones and other electronics to maximize their power during the storm. Make sure everyone knows where to find the flashlight, radio, candles, and matches.
After the Storm
Once the storm passes, be sure to address any damage to your home as soon as possible to avoid secondary damage. Call SERVPRO of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland anytime day or night for emergency building restoration services.