Staying warm and safe during a winter storm can be a challenge. Storms can bring extremely high, winds, cold temperatures and floods of rain which can lead to power failures, loss of water and heat, loss of communication services and icy roads. To keep yourself, your family, your car and your property safe there are a number of actions you can take to be prepared for a storm.
Munstergroup Insurance has put together a handy storm preparation checklist for people, pets, property and vehicles filled with tips to help you prepare for a winter storm. make sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast and check for updates regularly http://www.met.ie
What supplies do you need to prepare for a storm?
The Red Cross recommends having the following supplies in your home ahead of a storm:
- Water: At least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
- Food: At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
- Battery-powered radio
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, inhalers etc.)
- Copies of personal documents (insurance policies, birth certificates, lease or deed to home)
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Emergency blanket
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Rain gear
What safety precautions can you take to protect your property ahead of a storm?
- Turn the fridge and freezer to the coldest settings and keep the doors closed as much as possible to protect food as long as possible.
- Bring any outdoor furniture inside.
- Take down or ensure that trampolines and other outdoor play equipment are well secured.
- Close all windows and doors and make sure any shed doors/windows are securely shut.
- Make sure that trees close to you property are pruned and not likely to fall on property during high winds.
- Make sure that your gutters, drains and downpipes are cleaned and clear of any debris that could block them.
- Check for leaks and make sure roof slates and tiles are in good condition and secure.
- Verify your home insurance coverage. Check your home insurance policy to ensure you have adequate protection.
- Consider having a supply of sandbags if your property is in an area at risk from flooding.
Storm Safety Tips for Pets
- If possible take your pets indoors or make sure that they have a dry safe and secure place to shelter outside.
- Stock up on pet food and make sure they have access to clean water at all times.
- Make sure that your pet is microchipped and wearing an up to date identification tag on their collar.
How to get your car ready for a storm
- Check the antifreeze level
- Fill up the windscreen washer fluid
- Check the tyre thread and air pressure. Replace worn tires and fill air to proper pressure.
- Fill up the fuel tank
- Make sure your car is regularly serviced and check that the heater, defroster, lights, battery are in good working order.
- Check the spare tyre
- Put together a car emergency kit:
- Portable phone charger
- Ice scraper
- Battery powered radio
- Flashlight with spare batteries
- First aid kit
- Tow rope/chain
- Jumper cables
- Hazard sign