A recent storm that tore through New England dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas and left hundreds of thousands without power for several days. This type of weather event is not rare during winter months and citizens should be prepared.
The Associated Press reported that some residents outside of Hartford, Connecticut, were still without power, eight days after the storm passed through the region.
In the event of a severe winter storm, individuals may want to have gathered the necessary tools and supplies. These include backup generators, a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio, flashlights, a supply of extra batteries, stores of nonperishable food and adequate amounts of water, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The agency reported that when the power does go out individuals should turn on their generators outside, in order to prevent carbon monoxide exposure. Doors and windows should be kept closed as much as possible in order to prevent heat loss from a residence.
The Bergen Record reported that families may want to take drives in the car in order to get a warm meal, get out of the house or just to take a child’s mind off of the lack of power in the house.