If you haven’t already heard, there’s a record breaking blizzard headed our way! Massachusetts residents should take a little time today to prepare for this big storm before it starts this afternoon. This is expected to be a slow moving storm staying in the area through Wednesday morning. Most of Massachusetts should expect at least a foot of snow and possible up to 3 feet of snow. Here are some important Massachusetts blizzard preparation and safety tips to keep in mind.
Preparing for the Big Storm
With lots of snow and high winds, power outages are a big concern. Take the following precautions to prepare for possibly loss of power in your home:
- Charge your cell phones and other electronic devices.
If you lose power, you may still be able to get a cell signal in case of emergency.
- Preserve your device battery power.
Run your devices on minimal settings to prolong the battery power. You can shut down running apps, turn off sounds (such as for key clicks), turn down screen brightness, etc.
- Check flashlight batteries.
Make sure that your flashlights are on hand and that you have extra batteries.
- Change refrigerator settings.
Set your fridge and freezer to their coldest settings. This will allow them to remain cold for a longer period of time should you lose power. During outages, minimize how often to open and close them as well.
Emergency Phone Numbers
The following are important phone numbers that you may need during the storm:
Emergencies: Call 911
MA State Police: 617-740-7600
MA Road & Traffic Information: 617-374-1234
National Grid: 800-465-1212
Massachusetts Blizzard Preparation
Dangerous driving conditions are expected, so stock up on essentials and prepare for remaining in your home for possibly a few days. Here are some things you can pick up:
- Bottled Water
- Canned Foods
- Food that does not needing heating up (bread, peanut butter, jelly, fruits, granola bars, etc.)
- First Aid Kit
Lastly, make sure that you have warm clothes and blankets on-hand. For families with children, having activities that do not rely on power is also a great idea. We hope that you all stay warm and safe during the big Massachusetts blizzard of January 2015!