How to Prepare for a Snow Storm

The Washington, D.C. area is expecting about 5 – 10 inches of snow starting this evening through tomorrow! You may want to consider leaving work early today in order to shop for some essentials on the way home. Here’s still one of my favorite pictures from the last big snow storm:

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I hope you already own the winter essentials such as wood for a wood burning fire place and rock salt to salt your walkway and driveway. Most apartment buildings and homes inside the district don’t lose electricity so you may still be able to use your space heaters, but it’s best to be prepared for the worst case scenario. To be prepared, you should check your emergency kit (in your home), which should have the following items:

A shovel, flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, bottled water, non perishable food and snack food, candles, matches, extra hats, socks and mittens, first aid kit with pocket knife, necessary medications, blanket(s), and gas stove (in your home or with your camping gear).

Something else I learned during my time in Washington, in case you lose power: turn on all of your faucets to keep the water moving (just dripping) so the pipes don’t freeze and burst.

And finally, plan for some entertainment to pass the time. Enjoy a good book while sipping on a glass of delicious wine. If you still have power, bake some brownies and pop a bottle of champagne.

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If all else fails, walk to the nearest hotel because they are guaranteed to be open and serving food and drinks.

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