Boston is expecting to be hit with two to three of snow over the next 48 hours. Are you prepared for the blizzard conditions? Here are some helpful tips to make sure you are prepared for the winter weather!

dog in snow 1. Prepare for Power Outages/ Be Aware of Blocked Roads

  • Boston has declared a State of Emergency, which means parking can be limited. For example, Do not park on the street in Brookline- You will most likely be towed! Be aware of your town’s rules for snow emergencies and plan ahead.
  • Make sure your car has a full tank of gas.

2. Make Sure Your Emergency Kit Has:

  • Candles, Matches, Flashlights, Blankets, and Emergency Food Supplies! Stock up on ready-to-eat items like granola bars, fruit, and canned items.
  • It is also a good idea to stock up on bottled water.

3. Limit Travel During the Storm

  • Try to stay off the roads until the storm has passed. Stay inside where it’s safe and warm.

4. Your Home

  • Make sure your electronics, particularly your cell phone, is charged before the storm starts! That way you can stay up-to-date on all alerts.
  • A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warning directly from the NWS for all hazards.  You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services.  Download FEMA’s “Be Smart. Know you Alerts and Warnings”, for a summary of notifications at www.ready.gov/prepare.  Free smart phone apps, such as those available from FEMA and the American Red Cross, provide information about finding shelters, providing first aid and seeking assistance for recovery.
  • Turn on your faucets every few hours to prevent your pipes from freezing!
  • Have rock salt available to help melt the ice after the storm.