Prepare for Snow: Make A Kit

Prepare for the worst

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    The National Capital Region is expected to be hit with a fierce snowstorm this weekend.

    What will you need in case of an emergency? The American Red Cross is encouraging residents to prepare for the worst by having the following items on hand: 

    • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
    • Food—at least a 3-day supply of nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food
    • Flashlight
    • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
    • Extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
    • Multi-purpose tool
    • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
    • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
    • Cell phone with chargers
    • Family and emergency contact information
    • Extra cash
    • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
    • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
    • Tools/supplies for securing your home
    • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
    • Warm coats, gloves mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
    • Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning
    • Working smoke alarms

    A separate Disaster Supplies Kit for the trunk of each car is also good to have on hand, according to the Red Cross. Don't forget to include blankets, extra sets of dry clothing, a shovel, sand, tire chains, jumper cables, a first aid kit, a flashlight with extra batteries, and a brightly colored cloth to tie to the antenna.