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Assemble a blizzard preparation kit

blog-default Winter storm Cleon promises to bring plenty of troubles for residents of the Midwest and northeastern United States. Those looking to batten down the hatches should prepare for a blizzard kit to bolster their home security. Implement the necessary precautions Snowstorms can close down stores, force residents to stay in their homes and make travel dangerous. It's likely that families will find themselves stranded at home if a storm hits. Therefore, it's essential to have the proper preparations in place to ensure a safe and comfortable living situation while you wait out the storm. You'll want to first make sure that your home is as well-insulated as possible. Take a walk and plug up any drafts. If need be, reach out to professional services for assistance. It's an investment that will help keep your family safe for many winters to come. Additionally, you'll want to have a contractor visit your house to assess the structural integrity of your roof. You want to be sure that it can hold up large snowdrifts. The Federal Emergency Management Agency suggested allowing water to drip will help keep the pipes from freezing. Additionally, you can provide extra insulation with newspaper. Make sure you know how to shut off the water entirely in the event of a burst pipe. The agency also pointed out that you should have fire extinguishers ready and make sure that all your family members know where these items are and how to operate them. Water pipes may be out during a winter storm, so you may want to think about filling your bathtub with water, not for drinking, but for cleaning. You'll also want this resource for flushing the toilet. Be sure to stock up on non-perishables, since stores may close down. It may also be too dangerous to travel, so having enough food in the house will be key. If power is knocked out, don't open the refrigerator or freezer. You want your perishables to stay at the best temperature for as long as possible. Lastly, if you have any children, look into some indoor activities such as board games that will keep them entertained. You can also allow them to go outside once the storm has passed, but be sure to keep a close eye. This will ensure that they're safe and happy, while allowing you to keep track of the storm without too much distraction.   Sources: http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/winter-storm-cleon-forecast-20131201  

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